Tuesday 23 May 2017

U2's Edge pays tribute to dad as a 'one-off, a bundle of energy'

The Edge carrys the coffin from Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture: Damien Eagers
The Edge carrys the coffin from Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture: Damien Eagers
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Photo: Damien Eagers
Adam Clayton arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the edge's father, Garvin Evans. Photo: Damien Eagers
Larry Mullen arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Photo: Damien Eagers
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

U2's the Edge yesterday paid a moving tribute to his "one-off" dad who passed away aged 84 at the weekend.

Bandmates Bono, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton rallied around the rock star and his siblings Richard and Gill as their father Garvin Evans was laid to rest in north Co Dublin.

Speaking to the congregation at Howth Presbyterian Church, the guitarist - whose real name is Dave Evans - praised his father's "unswerving" positivity in the face of a decade-long battle with illness and vowed to follow in his "truly amazing" footsteps.

He said: "What can I say about my dad? He was a one-off - a bundle of energy.

"His ceaseless optimism was awe-inspiring, particularly during the last 10 years of his life when he had every reason to be despondent. I can honestly say I never saw a single moment of negativity. He loved life and he lived it always looking forward."

Originally from Wales, the retired consulting engineer - who moved to Ireland with his late wife Gwenda and their three children in the 1960s - passed away in the Bons Secours Hospital on Saturday after suffering a mini-stroke earlier this year.

Director Jim Sheridan, musician Gavin Friday and artist Guggi were just some of those who turned up to pay their respects to the great-grandfather who was described as "larger than life" and "an inspiration" during an emotional funeral service.

Extra pews were carried into the small church to accommodate members of the Dublin North Rotary Club, which Mr Evans had helped to found almost 50 years ago, and the Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir, of which he was also a member.

The Edge added: "In the end, it's about the values.

"That's what I think his legacy will be - the simple values that are so powerful that are based in the faith that he always had, which is that love is ultimately our highest calling."

Irish Independent

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