The funeral of Mike Collins is at 3.40pm in North Devon Crematorium tomorrow (Wednesday)
The funeral of popular Barnstaple saxophonist Mike Collins will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at North Devon Crematorium.
The service will be conducted by Dick Chamings and starts at 3.40pm.
Mr Collins, who was 56, died on Saturday, December 3 and was recovered from the River Taw in Barnstaple. Police have said his death is not being treated as suspicious.
Tributes have poured in from the local music community and beyond for the man known as ‘Mr Saxophone’.
His good friend and local musician Jim Jones will be speaking at tomorrow’s service and will also be singing Amazing Grace, one of Mike’s favourite songs.
Mr Chamings said of tomorrow’s service: “I shall pay a tribute to Mike because he was the dearest of men.”
Donations can be made to the Salvation Army and Freedom Social Project.
Mike, was born in March 1960 and was also known as ‘Boxer’ and was an extremely talented saxophone player.
In 2010, he suffered serious burns and lost all his belongings – including his beloved saxophone – in a devastating explosion in Trinity Street.
Paying tribute to his friend following his death, Jim Jones said: “Mike was a fighter, he was an overcomer, he was a strong believer in love and the love of God.
“I am devastated by the loss of my good friend and the encouragement he brought to me and so many I know that will read this.
“His struggles are now over and I have a suspicion he is up there dancing and playing his sax at the great gig in the sky!
“God bless you Mike Collins – the world is a little less colourful without you mate.”