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Family pay tribute to Langport grandfather Jim White
THE heartbroken wife of a keen musician who died after an incident in the middle of the night at home in Langport has described him as a “loveable rogue”.
Emergency services were called to Eastover at 3am on Monday after reports of smoke coming from a semi-detached property.
Jim White, 65, who was pronounced dead at the scene, leaves behind his wife and four grandchildren.
Speaking from her home, Mr White’s wife of 47 years, Phyllis, told the County Gazette: “He was a lovely husband and my very best friend.
“He was a loveable rogue, and would always speak his mind and tell you how it is – he was a straight down the line sort of person.”
The couple had one son, Mark, who died from a brain aneurism aged 39.
Mr White, who used to work at Taunton Shopmobility in Paul Street, was best known for his love of music, playing the guitar since he was 12, and he had a collection of around 20 guitars.
He was in a band called The Elderberries who performed regularly at The Angel in Langport, and he helped to set up a music group for people to play together regardless of their ability.
Mr White was also a keen footballer, playing at left-back for Langport and Street in the 1980s and 1990s before giving up after two hip replacements.
His brother-in-law, Roger Gaines, said: “He could pick up any instrument and play it – he just had an ear for music.”
The Rev Jess Pitman, of Langport, said: “He brought the gift of music to The Angel pub, and would welcome anybody to his group for people to share their gifts and talents.”
An inquest into Mr White’s death has been opened and adjourned, but a spokesman for the East Somerset Coroner’s office said he died at home and was believed to be smoking in the presence of an oxygen supply which ignited.
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