A LOVING sister is still campaigning to fund a headstone for her brother more than four years since he died.
Popular Huddersfield musician Victor Lynch is lying in a nameless grave in Almondbury cemetery.
Every week his half-sister Maureen Simpson battles her poor health to brighten up his burial site with flowers.
But now she claims the ongoing damage caused by the weather has left it more like a “crater” than a memorial.
She said: “I have been trying to fund a headstone for Vic since last year.
“Every time I go up to the cemetery or go to another funeral, I see his grave right by the roadside and it is full of leaves.
“My husband and I try and clean it out but then it just fills up again. The grave has gone down and I feel sorry that it is in this way.
“He shouldn’t have that, he deserves a headstone.
“Victor was a loveable man, people that met him didn’t have a bad word to say about him.
“He used to play his music all across Huddersfield at the Waggon and Horses, the Dryclough club, the Black Bull and even toured to Manchester and Sheffield with his music.
“He particularly loved country and Western.
“I organised a fundraising event in his memory at the end of last year at the Waggon and Horses pub and we raised £462.
“It was wonderful, his friends gave what they can and we had a great night in his honour.
“But the event nearly killed me. I cooked for everybody and I am not too well myself.
“I cannot afford the £1,500 needed for a headstone alongside a further £241 in council fees on my pension.
The Fartown pensioner said she has made attempts to contact Victor’s children about the grave stone but they have not responded.
Victor, who was known to his friends as Vic, originally came to Huddersfield in 1957.
He was found dead at his home in 2007.
According to Maureen, his Fartown flat had gone up in flames just a few years earlier and this sent him into a “downward spiral”.
The 71-year-old said: “We weren’t that close but we still talked quite a lot.
“I know that when he lost everything in that fire he was devastated.
“All his belongings were destroyed and the only thing that he managed to retrieve was his guitar.
“And this is when he turned to the bottle. Social services tried to help him but he had just given up.
“I went to Jamaica to go to the funeral of my youngest brother and when I got back I was told that Vic had died.
“He was found dead in his flat in Abbey Road.
“It was so sad.
“ I have now taken it upon myself to get this gravestone.
“I am also raising funds for my other brother Michael’s headstone in Jamaica but it is not so bad as he was left some funds.
Maureen thanked all his friends for their help to date with raising the funds.
Anyone who might have know Vic or is interested in raising some money can call Maureen on 07535281677.