Friday 30 September 2016

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

Derek Davis' widow Una is consoled at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Derek Davis' widow Una is consoled at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Derek Davis' former colleague Thelma Mansfield pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Derek Davis' former colleague Thelma Mansfield pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Derek Davis' widow Una is consoled by Charlie Bird pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Sean Gallagher pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey and Syl Fox pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A packed church pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former news reader Anne Dolye pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gay Byrne pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Bobby Kerr pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Sean Duignan pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
18/05/15 Derek Davis' wife, Una and his sons, Michael, Colm and Sean (blue ties) pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week . The funeral took place at the Victorian Chapel in Mount Argos Crematorium..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The remains at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Former colleague of Derek Davis, Thelma Mansfield pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Chef Derry Clarke and his wife Sally Anne pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Broadcaster Tom McGurk pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Sports commentator, Des Cahill pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The funeral cortage arrives pictured at the funeral of former broadcaster, Derek Davis who died last week. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Broadcaster Derek Davis (67) was remembered as a "fantastic father, friend, husband, broadcaster and angler" at his funeral in Dublin today.

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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".

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