Music fraternity bid Scott fond farewell

Scott Johnson, a Drum Technician, who died in Toronto.
Scott Johnson, a Drum Technician, who died in Toronto.

THE music fraternity will gather at Doncaster today to say a sad goodbye to one of their own.

Top rock band members are expected to take their place among mourners at the funeral of drum technician Scott Johnson, who died when a stage collapsed before a Radiohead gig at Toronto, Canada.

Scott, 33, was from the village of Hickleton and had strong musical links with both Doncaster and Rotherham.

His funeral will take place from 11am at St George’s Parish Church in the centre of Doncaster, and will be followed by a private ceremony with interment at Hickleton.

The service will be conducted by the vicar for Goldthorpe and Hickleton parish, Father Carl Schaefer, who described the Johnsons as a “lovely couple who are naturally devastated.”

Father Schaefer said: “This is likely to be a large funeral but my concern begins and ends with Scott and with those people who are nearest and dearest to him. It will be a traditional service.”

The organisation for large funerals at Doncaster Minster is very good, he added, and will ensure the church funeral is carried out exactly as the family would wish it.

He said: “Everybody wants this to be right, both for Scott and for his family, and it will be. Scott was no rock star rebel. He was and is known universally as a truly nice guy, and this is all such a very great shame.”

Mr Johnson has thanked everyone for the tributes and support proffered to them since Scott’s death. Family flowers only are requested at the funeral but any small donations towards a music scholarship or award to be set up in Scott’s memory will be welcomed.

Last week the Times revealed how Elton John was among the stars who contacted Scott’s dad, Ken Johnson, to offer condolences and support.

Mr Johnson has had nothing but praise for the authorities’ handling of the tragedy, from the Foreign Office to the Radiohead management who were in constant touch, and who cancelled the rest of the band’s tour dates immediately after Scott’s death.