(Photo: John den Outer)
Astrid, Pieter, Ed, Susan and myself (DavidB) were all very saddened when we learnt of Jean’s death. She was one of Dame Shirley’s super fans. She had been a fan for many years and lovingly followed Shirley’s career. She went to numerous concerts following Shirley all around the country and also to different parts of the world to see her idol perform. The really lovely thing about Jean was that she was a genuine fan and was respected and liked by ourselves and many others.
Astrid and Jean were very good friends and she is deeply upset by her passing.
Pieter said: ‘I think I have known Jean at least 30 years and I always saw her, and spoke to her at the concerts in GB as well as abroad. We also occassionaly wrote to each other in times when there were no concerts. Yes, she was one of the best and kindest fans I have known.’
Both Susan (bigspendah) and Ed were deeply saddened when they heard the news. They both knew and liked Jean very much.
Ed fondly recalls speaking with Jean on many occasions and sharing memories and thoughts on all things Bassey. He said ’Jean was a Bassey oracle and had so many wonderful stories to tell. Even quite recently when she was in so much pain she showed remarkable bravery and good humour and her dedication to Bassey and her fans never faultered. With her sad passing I’m sure Jean would join me in reflecting on how fortunate that we all are to share our common passion of a love for Bassey and how this passion, and of course the music, helps us through the best but also the worst of times. Thank you for the years Jean, may you rest in peace’.
I have already expressed my feelings in my earlier post.
Our thoughts and prayers and I’m sure those of many other fans who knew Jean are with her partner Jan, her sister Audrey, and all her family and many friends at this very sad time.
Jean will be laid to rest at a private family funeral to be held on 8th January.
Dear Jean, we will remember you and this video is especially for you ……..
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