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Tributes paid to Bute Jazz Festival founder

Phil Mason (right) died on Monday, June 9, 2014, aged 74.. (Pic by Andy Walters)

Phil Mason (right) died on Monday, June 9, 2014, aged 74.. (Pic by Andy Walters)

 

Family members led tributes to Phil Mason, the founding father of the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival, at his funeral service in Rothesay on Saturday.

Mr Mason, who died on Monday, June 9 after a long illness, was described by his son Neil as “a wonderfully unique man” during a celebration at the town’s Trinity Church, venue for many years for the festival’s Jazz Praize Service.

“He was an unconventional man and father,” Neil said, “and at times we used to wish he had a normal job, but as grew older we were all very proud of the fact that we was a bit different.”

Neil’s brother Joachim added: “In the latter years we were sad that his life as a musician, that had perhaps meant and taken so much, that he really struggled to replace it when it couldn’t feature in quite the same way.

“But we are able to recall so many happy and proud memories of our Dad doing what he did best and as children each of us watched him with love and pride so many times.”

Saturday’s funeral was followed by a celebration of Mr Mason’s life at the Colintraive Hotel, one of his favourite watering-holes during his life on Bute.

 

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