Friends and family bid farewell to Geldof Snr
Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00
BOB Geldof joined family and friends last night to celebrate the life of his late father at a wake in his home in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
Mourners started arriving at the large Georgian house from early afternoon, some carrying trays of sandwiches, for the wake of Bob Geldof Snr (pictured right).
Tables had been set out on the back lawns of the Geldof home where Bob Jnr, wearing a light khaki suit, was seen welcoming visitors and taking calls on his mobile phone.
Music at the wake was provided by Dublin trad group 'The One-Eyed Rattlers'.
Arriving at the house, singer Brendan O'Neil said the group weren't yet sure what music they would be performing.
"We've just been asked to be here," said Mr O'Neil.
A guest leaving the house last night described it as a "celebration" of Robert Geldof's life rather than a sad occasion.
Some of those attending were members of the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, where Bob snr, a keen sailor had been a regular and founding member.
Bob Geldof Snr died peacefully on Thursday at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin. He was 96.
In a death notice posted by the family he was described as "an exceptional loving man, celebrated and missed by his children, grandchildren". It ended saying: 'Travelling light'.
Bob Geldof Snr, is survived by his sister Mai, his three children, Bob, Cleo and Lynn, six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
His funeral will take place next Tuesday, leaving Quinn's Funeral Home, Glasthule at 11.50am for 12 noon Mass in St Joseph's Church, Glasthule, followed by burial in Deansgrange Cemetery.