"As you know Ronnie was part of my band for over 30 years. We shared some wonderful times together and I have great memories of all the many things we did.
"I am very grateful that I got to spend some precious time with Ronnie last Friday to say goodbye. Our loss is heaven's gain.
"There will be great music and laughter in heaven now that Ronnie is there. My deepest sympathy to his wife Fran, his children Alan, Karen, Gary, Derek and Laura and his grandchildren and all his extended family. Rest In Peace 'Grandad'"