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By Carl Jackson Thursday 13 March 2014 Updated: 16/03 23:20
A POPULAR Bromsgrove man who organised countless entertainment events in the town has passed away.
George Brookes, 79, also lost his son Andrew to the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989, and will now never see the outcome of a fresh inquest revealing the reason he died along with the other 95 victims.
The Sidemoor resident passed away on March 4 and his funeral is set to take place next Friday (March 21).
George was involved in countless charity events and was well-known on the social scene as coordinator for entertainment for the Worcestershire Entertainment Council for about 20 years.
Many will remember him as a referee and head steward at Bromsgrove Rovers as well as karaoke judge at the Dog and Pheasant pub.
He was also a keen darts player and avid Birmingham City fan, however, his main passion according to his daughter Louise, was for singing.
Around five years ago George appeared on X-Factor and progressed into the boot camp round.
He was set for another TV appearance on Opportunity Knocks only for the show to be cancelled before it aired.
Louise said her father's difficult childhood in foster care was likely the reason he revelled in the spotlight when he was older.
“He will be mostly known for singing which he loved. He loved being the centre of attention. I didn't realise how popular he was until now.”
She added her father had been battling cancer for more than five years but was still organising events up until last July, before the disease finally claimed his life this month.
“He was an absolute fighter right up until the end. Dad never spoke about his illness, it was his way of coping but it never stopped him doing anything. He was always out and about doing something.”
But despite remembering her father fondly Louise said it made her angry he has passed away without knowning the truth about how his son and her brother Andrew Brookes died.
She added the pair were very close, played darts together and George would follow his son's football team Bromsgrove Dynamo every week 'wherever they were playing'.
“Dad was devastated when Andrew died. It breaks my heart he has gone to his grave without knowing how or why it happened. He is another parent who has died without knowing the truth.
“No parent should be denied the right to know why their child died. Not just Hillsborough parents. It's disgraceful.”
George's funeral is taking place at 2.45pm on Friday at Redditch Crematorium followed by a wake at Millfields Social Club.
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