Rockabilly star loses cancer fight

PASSIONATE PERFORMER: John Tyson (49), before his death (S)
PASSIONATE PERFORMER: John Tyson (49), before his death (S)

The rock ‘n’ roll funeral will take place tomorrow of a Doncaster musician and charity stalwart who died from a rare form of cancer.

Patrick Tyson, known on the local music scene as John, had been battling against a rare and aggressive form of melanoma for more than two years and died with his family alongside him at the age of 49.

Stepson Nathan Gray said: “John was well known among many rockers in Doncaster.

“In the past few years, he had helped to reinvigorate the local rock ‘n’ roll scene but, unfortunately, as his condition worsened over recent months, he was forced to retire.”

Mr Tyson, who lived at Edenthorpe, was lead singer of rockabilly band Memphis Jacks.

Since his diagnosis, he had worked tirelessly to raise funds for Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity in Sheffield, where he received treatment, and Macmillan.

He also started a regular rock ‘n’ roll slot at Bailey’s bar and had played a number of music festivals both locally and across the country.

He leaves a wife Vicky and three children, Nathan Tyson, Samantha Tyson, and Nathan Gray.

Vicky said: “John was so proud of them all.

“He has also requested a rock ‘n’ roll funeral and the Memphis Jacks will be included.”

A cremation service will be held tomorrow at Rose Hill at 1.20pm and he will be laid to rest at the family plot in Skipton.