Tributes paid to Kidderminster music 'legend' who died suddenly, 44

'Kidderminster legend': Local musician Paul 'Fearfulfingers' Havard has died, aged 44.

'Kidderminster legend': Local musician Paul 'Fearfulfingers' Havard has died, aged 44.

First published in News
Last updated
Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE sudden death of a popular Kidderminster musician and dedicated father has shocked family members and concert-goers in the town.

Paul "Fearfulfingers" Havard, 44, who lived in Kidderminster all his life, died on Friday last week, just five days after being diagnosed with cancer at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester.

The father-of-two, of Borrington Road, was passionate about music and played in several bands throughout his life including most recently the Karpet Kickers, who broke the news to fans on facebook: "It is with great sadness we announce the untimely passing away of our good friend and fellow musician."

He worked as a butcher at Morrisons, Green Street and leaves behind son Liam, 15 and daughter Emily, 10, sisters Katie O'Connor and Kerry Jones and mother and father Pat and Patrick O'Connor.

Mrs Jones, said: "It is an unbelievable shock, it is heart breaking that he died so suddenly and he did not get the time to plan for his death and neither did we."

She added: "He will be remembered for his music but also for being a fantastic father. He was a devoted father, he loved his children. He was teaching Emily to play the guitar and had bought her a pink electric guitar, he had also bought Liam a guitar.

"Judging by comments on facebook, some are calling him a Kidderminster legend, he touched a lot of people because of his interest in music, he really encouraged people and he was so enthusiastic about music. We really want him to be remembered for his love of music and contribution to music in the town."

Mr Havard taught himself to play the piano, guitar, harmonica and banjo while growing up.

His former band mate Richard Morley, who was the lead singer in Pale Kings, said: "He was an extremely popular figure in the local music scene and everyone is in shock."

Mrs Jones said family members were inviting people to attend the former Birchen Coppice First School and Harry Cheshire High School pupil's funeral dressed "as if they were going to a gig". "We hope it is not going to be conventional," she added. "We do not want people wearing suits, he hated wearing suits, he liked wearing his gig clothes.

"His wake will be at the Board Head pub [in Worcester Street] where he played several times. A lot of local musicians will play in his honour."

His family is trying to find Mr Havard's cover of Amazing Grace to play at the funeral. A date and venue is yet to be decided for the service but people interested in attending can call Edwin Harris and Sons Funeral Directors on 01562 822625.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:13am Thu 13 Feb 14

the batshake says...

The most genuine and honourable man I ever met, a massive loss. R.I.P paul.
The most genuine and honourable man I ever met, a massive loss. R.I.P paul. the batshake
  • Score: 6

12:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

maximuss1 says...

He was a realy nice bloke RIP
He was a realy nice bloke RIP maximuss1
  • Score: 7

2:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

gypsyman1 says...

loved his music rip
loved his music rip gypsyman1
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

harryurz says...

I knew Paul since his then band The Pale Kings rocked the Market Tavern on a regular basis back in the 80s and early 90s.
A lovely gentleman with a very dry humour. Also a great performer who could put a smile on the faces of all those who knew him or experienced his music.

He certainly left his footsteps in the sand.
RIP Bro.
I knew Paul since his then band The Pale Kings rocked the Market Tavern on a regular basis back in the 80s and early 90s. A lovely gentleman with a very dry humour. Also a great performer who could put a smile on the faces of all those who knew him or experienced his music. He certainly left his footsteps in the sand. RIP Bro. harryurz
  • Score: 8

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree