WARM tributes have been paid to a well-known figure in Solihull choirs and music societies, who died on Christmas Eve.
Michael Savage, who was in his 80s and who used to live in Dorridge, conducted the Solihull Chandos Choir for 18 years and was also involved in the Knowle and Solihull operatic societies.
The retired quantity surveyor, who moved to Sidmouth, Devon, in 2007, had been suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.
A keen runner, he was the very first person to sign up for the inaugural London Marathon in 1981.
Maria Brown, from Solihull Chandos Choir, said: “Michael was a man of extraordinary vitality, enthusiasm and many interests, apart from his music – he lived a full and varied life with much travel included.
“He will be much missed by those who had the privilege to know him down the years. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Margaret and his family.”
The funeral service of the father of two will be held at Sidmouth Parish Church on Friday, January 11 at 2pm and if anyone wishes to donate, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is the chosen recipient.
The choir’s next concert will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah on April 27 at Shirley Methodist Church.