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Memorial tribute set for one of the true gentlemen

Daryl Weyman, a local Johnny Cash tribute artist, died earlier this month. A special tribute to him will take place on April 20. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS FILE
Daryl Weyman, a local Johnny Cash tribute artist, died earlier this month. A special tribute to him will take place on April 20.
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A special tribute to the late singer Daryl Weyman is set for April 20 in Chilliwack.

The familiar baritone voice was known for introducing his tribute shows with the trademark line: "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash."

Those who knew him well, or saw him perform, are remembering him fondly this month.

"Daryl was well loved in Chilliwack and in the music community," said talent booking agent Cris Schandl, who called the musician "a dear friend" who was "one of the true gentlemen in our business."

When the cancer struck, Weyman was touring North America with the Memphis-based Highwaymen tribute show.

The tribute artist played everywhere from Merritt Mountain Music Festival, in front of 10,000 people at the Penticton Peach Festival, to senior residences, fall fairs, festivals, charities and more.

Weyman is remembered for organizing a benefit show for Salvation Army Chilliwack a few years back.

He opened for Carlene Carter at the Missouri Vally, Iowa National Traditional Country Music Festival when they inducted June Carter Cash into their hall of fame.

"I have never experienced an act who has so profoundly connected with his

audience than Daryl," added Schandl. "The reason he made that special connection was because of the man he was, of his humility and kindness which transcended

his music.

"He cared about people especially the elderly, the less fortunate,the disabled and those in society who'd been dealt tough blows. He often

left the stage and made very personal connections singing to them with his eyes welling up."

Weyman passed away on Feb. 21, and is survived by his wife Carroll, and six children.

He had nine grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Weyman served in the navy, had a love of aviation and flying, as well his two dogs.

The tribute for Weyman will be held at the Vedder Legion, Branch #280 on Vedder Road, on April 20 from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.

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