Sunday 4 December 2016

'One true genius' of Irish jazz Louis Stewart is laid to rest

Published 24/08/2016 | 02:30

Eamonn Campbell of The Dubliners with broadcasters Mike Murphy and Gay Byrne at the funeral of Louis Stewart in Greenhills, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eamonn Campbell of The Dubliners with broadcasters Mike Murphy and Gay Byrne at the funeral of Louis Stewart in Greenhills, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The man hailed as the "one true genius" of Irish jazz has been laid to rest in Dublin.

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Guitarist Louis Stewart died last Saturday morning, aged 72, at our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross following a battle with cancer.

The Waterford-born musician is survived by his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Grainne and his son Tony.

The award-winning guitarist also had two grandchildren, James and Conor. He was pre-deceased by his daughter Catherine.

He was laid to rest after an emotional funeral mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Greenhills.

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President Higgins greets Louis Stewart’s wife Elizabeth at the funeral. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
President Higgins greets Louis Stewart’s wife Elizabeth at the funeral. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Along with a wreath, a photograph of Louis with one of his beloved guitars was placed on his coffin by his loved ones.

Mourners included President Michael D Higgins, who released a statement last weekend relating his "great sadness" upon learning of Louis's death.

"His many admirers, of all ages, will miss him deeply, and in particular he will be missed by all those he encouraged and who, in a life devoted to music, he invited to join him in making music," the President said.

Well-known names from the world of Irish music and entertainment paid their respects to the man recognised as one of Ireland's greatest jazz musicians.

A photo of the late guitarist at his funeral. Photo: Gareth Chaney
A photo of the late guitarist at his funeral. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Jazz aficionado and Lyric FM presenter Gay Byrne was in attendance along with former RTÉ presenter Mike Murphy.

Showband legend Sonny Knowles attended the mass, as did veteran comedian Sil Fox. John Sheahan and Eamonn Campbell of The Dubliners, harmonica player Don Baker and 'Fair City' actor Eamon Morrissey were also in attendance.

After the Mass, Mr Stewart's remains were brought to Mount Jerome cemetery and crematorium.

Irish Independent

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