The funeral arrangements for one of Birmingham's longstanding scene personalities and former general manager of The Village Inn have been announced.
Dez Barrett, who has been one of the best-known faces on the Birmingham gay scene over the last 30 years, passed away in the middle of March. His funeral will take place on Monday 1 April at 10.45am at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, B75 6LG.
The funeral will be followed by a wake at Moor Hall Hotel, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6LN, where memories of Dez's extraordinarily colourful live can be shared.
His mother, Dee, and the family have requested that donations instead of flowers are made to: Saving Lives Charity at Heartlands Hospital or Diabetes UK. Details of these charities will also be available within the Order of Service on the day.
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The news of Dez's death was announced by lifetime friend Phil Oldershaw, who commented: "Dez was my brother from another mother, a person I have shared ups and downs, tears and laughter, and most of all, a huge portion of my life with as my best friend. I am gutted to the core. He was a beautiful soul, friend and lifelong energy that shall live on in spirit forever. Taken far too young and will be truly missed."
Condolences have been flooding in from Facebook, including from:
Gareth Scratcherd, former owner of Angels Cafe Bar, who said: "So very sad to hear of the passing of a lovely, lovely man, Dez Barrett, who turned my offer of marriage down many times! Sending love to all but especially to his wonderful mum.
Karl Smith: "Such a witty, kind guy with an enthusiasm for fun, life, and laughter, and who was always one for glitz and glamour! R.I.P Dez. Shine bright like you always did."
Stacey Donohue: "You will be truly missed ... you always had a smile for anyone who needed it and were nothing but lovely to me! I am so sorry you’re gone... give Mykee a cuddle from all of us"
Adrian Imach: "I don’t know what to say. I’m truly heartbroken, my friend. Thank you for your support, great times spent together, laughter and tears. Miss and love you so much."
Andy Fisher: "I’m completely shocked. RIP Dez Barrett. A face I’ve known in Birmingham for 15 years since my first outing at only 17. Always made me smile. Shine bright as Always"
Andy Shellis: "Awful news. Such a shock. We think we're invincible but our lives are precious. Rest well Dez Barrett."
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