Brian Coakley

Brian in his Teddy Boy suit and Elvis wig, Wheel of Fashion 1995

Like many members of Chads, I am sure, David and I have happy memories of after show drinks with Brian who always had a cheerful greeting for everyone. His many appearances on stage were always greatly entertaining, the more outrageous his outfit the happier he seemed to be. However, we could think of no more fitting tribute to this lovely man than the piece written by his wife when she informed the society of his death:

With great sadness I have to inform you that my dear husband Brian died peacefully on Monday 9th August, after a period of illness and hospitalisation. Thankfully he came home for the last week of his life and was very happy to be at home where he belonged. He passed away in the night. Brian was a wonderful husband, father and grandad and we know he was loved by so many people. He was always ready for a laugh and a joke and a bit of mischief and he loved performing and entertaining – both on stage and socially. His condition had deteriorated quite rapidly over the last three months and his quality of life had become very poor. He will leave a big hole in our lives. We’ll remember him for his funny ways, his monologues, singing and acting, his party games, and his awful attempts at dancing in shows! He had a natural caring, thoughtful and empathetic attitude to others. The most generous of humans. Brian performed in many plays and musicals at Chads over the years, including Godspell, When We Are Married, Kidnapped at Christmas and Love on the Dole and will certainly be remembered for his Rock Around The Clock number in the Wheel of Fashion, dressed in a lime green teddy boy suit and an Elvis wig.

Thank you Di for allowing us to share your thoughts with all Chads members.
Ann Quaife

Brian as Detective Grummet in Kidnapped at Christmas
What a sleazy character!!

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