Dave Lee, British comedian, died from cancer he was 64.
Dave Lee MBE
was a British comedian known for his work in pantomimes around Kent and
his work on television died from cancer he was 64.. Lee also founded his own charity to help
Lee was born in Broadstairs. At the age of 5, he suffered a bout of
tuberculosis and later on, Lee also suffered from a burst appendix,
peritonitis, pleurisy, double pneumonia and had his tonsils and adenoids
out. Subsequently Lee was sent to a convalescent home in Margate and
hated the idea.
He began his career as a drummer at the Chartham Secondary Modern School at the age of 13. He worked as a warm-up man for Michael Parkinson, Michael Aspel and Jimmy Tarbuck. He also appeared on television on the shows The Generation Game, Celebrity Squares, Live from the Palladum and his own golfing series. Lee was also a non-executive director of Gillingham F.C., having been a fan of the club.
In 1994, Lee founded the Dave Lee Happy Holidays Charity and during
his lifetime, it raised £2 million for many of Kent’s sick, disabled and
under-privileged children to enjoy holidays and outings with their
families. In 2003, Lee was awarded the MBE for his charity work.
Illness and Death
On 9 November 2011, it was announced that Lee had pulled out of the
pantomime for Cinderella due to his ailing health days before the
rehearsals began. In his absence, Lee’s role was rewritten and filled by
Sion Tudor Owen.
Lee died of pancreatic cancer on 16 January 2012. His funeral was held at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 January 2012 with Jim Davidson, Richard Digance, and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury in attendance.
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