Family leads tributes to a music legend

Dave Cole
Dave Cole

A WORTHING family has paid tribute to a well-known man who was “a true legend”.

Dave Cole, of Howard Street, died at the age of 60 on Sunday, December 18, after losing his battle with cancer. His family has told how Dave was a talented DJ who had a love for life and a wit like no other.

Dave’s sister Tracey Cole said: “I could write a book about how funny he was, and all the things he got up to. He was just simply loved by everyone.”

Dave, a father-of-eight who also left behind a wife, mother, brother and three sisters, played DJ sets in pubs around Worthing – most recently in the Rose and Crown in Montague Street – and often offered his musical services to raise money for charity.

“He just loved his music,” said Tracey. “His favourite band was The Beatles, and he knew absolutely everything about music history, from the 1950s right through to the end of the 1980s. It was impressive.”

Dave also worked as a porter in Worthing Hospital, and was a delivery driver for Iceland. Tracey said her brother had a way with everyone, and could make anyone laugh.

“I think that was why he was so popular,” she said. “He was a joker, but charming with it. He was a big part of our family and we all loved him very much. We will really miss him.”