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On the 7th of January 2002, Jon Henry Lee, 33, the drummer for the band 'Feeder', committed suicide in his home in Florida, leaving his family, his friends, his fellow band mates, his fans, and those that knew him, shocked and deeply saddened.
This tribute page is here to remember Jon Lee for all the good things he accomplished in his life; it isn't here to go into the reasons why Jon felt he had to go, nor is it to pry into his personal life. Those do not concern this fan for I'd sooner remember what was important to me about Jon Lee - his contribution to music.
Jon worked hard with the band throughout the remainder of his life, touring heavily throughout his career, which included an exhausting 115 venue tour of the States. There he met his wife to be, Tatiana Englehart, who also became the mother to his child, Cameron. Jon and Tatiana tied the knot in Miami in 2000, where the couple lived together.
It appeared to the casual observer that things couldn't get any better for Jon. A wife, kids, an increasingly successful music career to add to everything he already had going for him.... life must have been great. However, and this is where the confusion and bewilderment sets in, it obviously wasn't. Somewhere along the way, his blossoming career and family life were to become a problematic combination, and a burden that for whatever reason, was too great for Jon Lee to bear.
Whilst Tatiana and her sons Nick and Cameron had held their own memorial to Jon back in Miami, Jon's funeral took place at St. Mary's Church, Newport, in Wales on the 18th of January. As well as his family, his friends, Feeder and former bandmates, hundreds of distraught Feeder fans showed up to pay their own last respects. In clearly a moving ceremony, Matt Page, Feeder's manager, read a poem as requested by Jon Lee's father, Norman.
not stand at my grave and weep
High was also played during the ceremony which also saw Grant Nicholas say this about his much missed friend,
had such a taste for life, which makes this whole thing such a mystery
to us all. He could be the life and soul of any party. Yet, quiet, sensitive
and understanding to anyone that needed a friendly ear. I always felt
there was a raging fire in his soul which he channelled into his drumming;
showing no fear to anything he put his hand to....
Jon was finally buried at St Woolas Cemetery.
Jon Lee's death was a tragic one, and a waste of a huge talent, but he gave more in his shortened life than many do in a long one. Jon was a talented drummer and played with a passion many would envy, and was an inspiration to many people, some of whom took up playing the drums just because of him. Although he is no longer with us here, his contribution to music will not be forgotten. My sincerest condolences and sympathies go to his family, friends, Grant, Taka, Matt, and everyone else who knew him.
Lee, thanks for your music, rest in peace.