Musicians and friends of all ages have been shocked by the death of Scarborough born teacher Fred Dennis who became one of Ryedale’s leading musical figures.
Mr Dennis died after a short illness at Malton Hospital on Friday at the age of 58.
The Cropton-based choirmaster, had a love of music to such an extent he also worked as a conductor, composer and teacher.
Mr Dennis had set up orchestras and choirs, played in bands and led musicians for over 30 years across the Scarborough and Ryedale area.
He was also director of music at All Saints, Kirkbymoorside for more than 20 years.
Mr Dennis was a much-loved visiting music teacher at many of the area’s schools.
He is even believed to have personally supplied pupils with his own musical instruments if they struggled to get their own for lessons.
Born in Scarborough, he was a music graduate from Leeds University.
A member of Stape Original Band he also played clarinet, violin, flute, organ and piano.
But he was best known as a talented organist and accompaniest.
“Fred was a private, but deeply loyal and generous man,” said the vicar of All Saints Mark Brosnan.
He added: “There’s a real sense of loss, but an appreciation of how many people he helped.”
Mr Dennis’s funeral service will be at noon on Monday, March 25t at All Saints Church, in Kirkbymoorside.