I have just received a letter from Diane Hill informing me of the sad death of Philip Cale of Kidderminster. Both he & Diane joined the Official British Jim Reeves fan club in 1966 & remained staunch members to the end. Both joined the Dutch fan club in 1975.
Philip, as a young man drove a milk float and was involved in a serious accident which left him badly injured & in a coma. One of the nurses in intensive care began to play records to try & stimulate his brain back into consciousness. One LP she played was by Jim Reeves. When Philip eventually came round, the first voice he heard was Gentleman Jim. He asked who it was and so began his lifetime journey with the music of Jim Reeves.
As his recovery took hold, despite being severely handicapped, Philip began his love affair with newspapers, magazines, local & national radio stations and writing his incessant letters & requests to anyone who might be persuaded to listen and play a Jim Reeves record. You always knew it was Philip Cale, as alongside his signature was a caricature of Sally, his cat. Philip was a FAN in the true old fashioned sense of the word. I got my customary Christmas card from him last year. Somewhere I still have the note he included. He was indeed saddened the way the image of his beloved Jim had been besmirched over recent times. There is no hesitation in my saying he was one of the most loyal & supportive fans of Jim Reeves ever known in Europe or anywhere. Diane Hill would vouch for that too. Philip's death will be of very great loss to the music & memory of Jim Reeves.
Our thoughts & prayers are with all his family & friends at this sad time.
The death was announced in the Kidderminster Shuttle.