THIS week saw the sad passing of the popular jazz singer Roy Lowe who was known to many fans and followers on the jazz scene as Roy Ingram.
Roy, aged 76, sadly lost his battle with prostate cancer on Monday with his wife and four sons at his bedside
A staunch Birmingham City fan, Roy started his career as a military policeman in the RAF with his trusted dog, Lady.
He then went into the world of gents’ hairdressing before finally settling into a career in the licensed trade, running numerous pubs and hotels across the Midlands region - the last being the Punch Bowl in Lapworth, where he made many friends.
When he retired, Roy turned to his first passion - music.
He became a well-known face across the Midlands jazz scene, firstly with his Intercity Jazz Band and later with Roy Ingram’s Jazz & Blues band as well as making guest vocal appearances across the Canary Islands.
Roy and his band were an institution at the Tom O’ The Wood and The Cock Horse pubs in Rowington on Bank Holiday Mondays with the latter being the scene of a surprise party in his honour just two weeks ago.
Despite being wheelchair-bound, Roy managed to entertain family and friends with a few of his favourite numbers in a moving and poignant last performance.
Roy leaves a wife Bev, four sons and four grandchildren.
His funeral is to be held at St Lawrence Church in Rowington on Friday May 14 at 2pm followed by a celebration of his life at the Cock Horse pub, Old Warwick Road, Rowington.
His family have asked for family flowers only and there will be a collection for Cancer Research UK on the day.