Sunday 26 March 2017

Bob Geldof Snr passes away aged 96

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

Stars from the worlds of music and show-business are expected to attend the funeral of Bob Geldof's father, who died yesterday.

Bob Geldof Snr died peacefully at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He was 96. He was predeceased by his wife, Eve, and the couple had three children -- Bob, Cleo and Lynn.

Bob Jnr told this month's edition of 'Q' magazine that Bono had recently spent time with his father, and both were suffering from back ailments.

"Bono always goes to see my dad because they get on great together. We went to the pub. Bono was f****d because of his back and my old man's back was f****d too, so I was going, 'Jesus, look at the pair of you'."

Salesman

However, the Live Aid organiser has admitted in the past to having had a testy relationship with his father for much of his life.

Bob Snr worked as a chef on the Queen Mary as a young man but, after World War Two, worked as a door-to-door salesman.

His wife Eve died when Bob was just seven, and the three children were left to fend for themselves as their father went out working.

It created a gulf that was slowly bridged in the 1980s, not least when Bob Jnr's marriage to Paula Yates ended.

In later years, Bob Snr was often seen at his son's side, such as when Bob Jnr was awarded the freedom of the city of Dublin in 2006.

Mr Geldof is survived by his sister Mai, his three children, six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. His funeral will be held in Dublin next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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