TRIBUTES have been paid to well-known Worcestershire barbershop singer Jim Cook who has died at the age of 74.
Mr Cook, a former member of the Vale Harmony Barbershop Chorus, had been in ill health for more than a year.
Jim, who lived in the village of Charlton, was a mainstay of the bass section of Pershore-based Vale Harmony. He applied to join the chorus’s first Singing Course in 2004 and was an enthusiastic singer from the start.
“He proved to have a very good low bass quality and made an enormous contribution to the bass section,” said Eddie Howell, Vale Harmony’s Engagements Secretary. “His enthusiasm was very typical of the man who demonstrated a constant desire for improvement.”
In 2010, Jim furthered his barbershop singing experience by taking joint membership of the Birmingham-based Anvil Chorus and sang with both Anvil and Vale Harmony until ill health prevented him.
In his business career, his background of tenacity and enthusiasm at the engineering department of the BBC at Wood Norton gained him a reputation for meticulous detail in any project presented to him.
Jim leaves his wife of 47 years, Angela, sons Roger and Sandy and daughter Sophie.