We reported last week about the passing of the celebrated British rock drummer Roger Pope at the age of 66. What we didn’t know at the time was that just hours before he died of cancer, Pope married his longtime sweetheart Sue Tressider while laying on his deathbed at Southhampton General Hospital.
“He was obviously dying and asleep, drifting in and out, and I woke him to say we have to get married and he came to life and rallied round,” Tressider told The Southern Daily Echo. “We did the vows and he was really happy, with a great big smile on his face.”
Pope’s funeral is scheduled for September 30 at Wessex Vale Crematorium in Southampton at 1:00 p.m., followed by a wake at The Brooke on Portswood Road. Both are open to the public.Please see our original report from September 18 below.
British rock drummer Roger Pope died last Friday, September 13, after battling an unknown illness. He was 66.
The public was first introduced to Pope when he appeared on Elton John’s 1969 debut album, Empty Sky. He continued recording with the pop singer throughout his career, including such monumental releases as Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water, and first toured with John in 1975.
At the same time, Pope worked with his own band Hookfoot, which also featured guitarist Caleb Quaye. He remained in the Hookfoot lineup throughout the band’s career while managing an active session and touring schedule with such artists as Nilsson, Hall & Oates, Al Stewart, Kevin Ayers, and Buddy Guy.