In memorial: Paul Degville

Following on from the sad news of the passing of Paul Degville, Ian Bourne has been back in touch to ask if I’d let readers know about a memorial service taking place on the 23rd January in Ledbury, and to thank readers for their kind wishes and memories.

It really has touched me personally, that so many people loved Paul’s work so much, and that he was held in such warm esteem by music fans. I’m so pleased and grateful that Peter Barker shared his tapes with us, and the efforts undertaken to recover the lost one.

Best wishes to you all, Ian. The world of Jazz is clearly a poorer for Paul’s passing.


Thank you for your entry on your site with regards to Uncle Paul’s sad passing.

We would be very grateful if you could alert folks to a couple or three things:

There will be a tribute to Paul on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester tomorrow night [Sunday, 13th January 2013 – Bob] at 8pm. This can be listened to on FM – 104, 104.4, 104.6, 94.7, AM – 738, 1584 and also, of course, on-line.

There will be a very private cremation service for Paul.

However, a memorial service is to be held on Wednesday 23rd January at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Ledbury at 2pm. Parking is tight in Ledbury, so very kindly Pugh’s Estate Agents have volunteered their car park, and huge thanks to them for that. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Paul’s life – not just his music, but his sense of humour, friendship and love.

Finally, it should be said that Noddy Holder has been in touch with Jackie, Paul’s dear wife, and expressed his grief and sorrow.

Sincere thanks and very best regards


01-23-2007 08;14;03PM

Way back when… Paul Degville plays with his dad, Fred, many years ago. Rest in peace, Paul, you bought so many music fans such great pleasure. Image supplied by Ian Bourne.

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7 Responses to In memorial: Paul Degville

  1. Ian says:

    Thank you so much Bob.

  2. I was so sorry to read these latest posts. Condolences to Ian and the rest of the family.


  3. ken chatwood says:

    so sorry to read about Paul my late wife Eileen and I used to live and work in Aldridge and spent many hours in the Crown listening to and watching a uniquely talented and friendly musical family Fred,Paul,grandad double bass mom Trudie vocals
    It was a privilege to have met them.

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  6. Graham Hewitt says:

    I moved from Wolverhampton to London 17 years ago and last night was googling some of the jazz musicians I loved to hear at the Trumpet Bilston. I was saddened to hear only now of the death of Paul Degville. In 1956 a guitarist told me he’d been rehearsing with Fred who said ‘our kid who plays a bit of guitar’ would be joining them. This turned out to be a masterpiece of Black Country understatement. I spent many blissful hours listening to Paul’s wonderful playing at the Trumpet.

  7. Terrence Higgins says:

    very sad to get the news that Paul as passed away great sunday jazz nights at local pub
    Terry Higgins Adelaide Australia

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