Derek Davis' (67) funeral hears son's tribute: 'I could not have asked for a better teacher and father. It was a privilege to be his son'
Published 18/05/2015 | 17:58
Broadcaster Derek Davis (67) was remembered as a "fantastic father, friend, husband, broadcaster and angler" at his funeral in Dublin today.
The presenter, who died last Wednesday, was honoured at Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome Crematorium in Harold's Cross.
Live at Three co- host Thelma Mansfield, Gay Byrne, Derry and Sally Anne Clarke, Charlie Bird, Anne Doyle, Bobby Kerr, and Tom McGurk were among the mourners.
President Michael D Higgins was represented by his Aide de Camp, Lieutenant Commander Patricia Butler, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny was represented by Commandant Kieran Carey.
Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World' played as Davis' coffin was carried through the doors of the church by his three sons.
"The final chapter of dad's life was his best," son Michael said. "He didn't leave anything undone, he had a new lease of life ... I could not have asked for a better teacher and father. It was a privilege to be his son."
During the ceremony, friends and family members recalled his razor sharp wit, his gift for storytelling, and his questionable taste in suit jackets.
Davis had advised his sons to mourn his death for "an hour maybe a day" than to "pick out a decent red or cast a fly".