Jazz lover loses illness battle

PUBLISHED: 08:59 14 May 2014

George Giles died on Saturday.

George Giles died on Saturday.

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TRIBUTES to a jazz enthusiast have been paid following his death on Saturday.

George Giles died with his wife Jill by his side after he lost his battle with long-running illnesses.

He was best known for running music events across North Somerset including the Jazz At The Orange and Jazz At The Railway in Yatton.

George, who died aged 79, was diagnosed with type two diabetes 10 years ago and survived a battle with bowel cancer four years later.

But recently difficulties with breathing led to him suffering panic attacks.

Jill, who was married to him for 36 years, said: “Unfortunately in the last few weeks his illness did get a lot worse and he went into Weston General Hospital for a few days.

“They found cancer on his lungs and a shadowing on his bowel that had come back so we knew it was very serious and then I’m afraid he deteriorated.

“We were very lucky that he was able to go to Weston Hospicecare for eight days before he died. The care they provided was wonderful.”

George was born in Plymouth and despite living in Bath, Dursley, Clevedon and latterly Worle, never lost sight of his roots and remained a keen Plymouth Argyle fan.

He started out as an apprentice at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth and went onto take part in national service before working for the Ministry of Defence in Bath.

Andy McLaren, who worked on promoting jazz events with him for two decades, said George’s interest in jazz was sparked by seeing the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald perform.

He said George was ‘devoted’ to the jazz cause and did reviews for numerous publications in the South West.

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