Condolence & Memory Journal

My mother Rene (Hawkins) Lund and her brother Derek Hawkins were good friends of George in London before and throughout WW2. London was the center of progressive jazz at the time, and the young folk were rocking with bands led by men that were household names at the time: Jack Parnell, Ted Heath, Ambrose, Roy Fox, etc. My mother sang with many of these. Air raids were a frequent annoyance, but cuddling with Dad in an air raid shelter helped tehm stay sane. Derek was a professional clarinetist while still a teenager: he frequently substituted for Cliff Townsend, father of Pete, with the Frank Weir band. One night Derek was walking the band's pianist George Shearing home during the blackout: George with his acute hearing was able to snatch Derek from the path of a speeding taxi, and always claimed he had saved Derek's life. Derek moved to Glasgow where he performed, taught and was a sought out as a great instrument repair man. Both Derek and mother kept in touch with George for years andf often spoke fondly of him.

Posted by Marty - Vancouver, BC - Son of good friends   March 03, 2011


Sir George, thank you so much for your musicianship and your compositions. I will pay homage to you throughout your music. May God bless you! Love, Shawn!

Posted by Shawn Williams - Fan   March 03, 2011

Loved all of your music, George...especially the great stuff you did with Mel Torme. Sleep well, my friend.

Posted by Richard W. Mills - NYC, NY - Fan   February 21, 2011