Wednesday 7 December 2016

'He loved life and he lived it always looking forward' - U2's the Edge pays tribute to 'one off' father who died at the weekend

Published 20/04/2016 | 16:01

The funeral of Garvin Evans, father of U2 guitarist The Edge, at Howth Presbyterian Church, Dublin, Ireland. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
The funeral of Garvin Evans, father of U2 guitarist The Edge, at Howth Presbyterian Church, Dublin, Ireland. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
The funeral of Garvin Evans, father of U2 guitarist The Edge, at Howth Presbyterian Church, Dublin, Ireland. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Adam Clayton at the The funeral of Garvin Evans, father of U2 guitarist The Edge, at Howth Presbyterian Church, Dublin, Ireland. Pictures: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge carrys the coffin from Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gavin Friday outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Dave Fanning outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Director, Jim Sheridan outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gouge and his wife Sybille outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and family members carry the coffin from Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Ali Hewson, wife of Bono outside Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and his wife arrive at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge is consoled outside Howth Presbyterian Church at the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and family members carry the coffin into Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Bono arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Adam Clayton arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and family members carry the coffin into Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

U2’s the Edge today paid a moving tribute to his “one off” dad who died aged 84 at the weekend.

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Bandmates Bono, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton rallied around the rock star and his family at the funeral of Garvin Evans in Dublin.

Addressing the congregation at Howth Presbyterian Church, the musician – whose real name is Dave Evans – praised his father’s “unswerving” positivity in the face of a decade-long illness.

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

The Edge and his wife arrive at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and his wife arrive at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

“His ceaseless optimism was awe-inspiring, particularly during the last ten 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.”

Ali Hewson, wife of Bono outside Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Ali Hewson, wife of Bono outside Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

Keen golfer Garvin – who moved to Ireland from the UK in the 60s with his wife Gwenda and their three children – passed away in the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin on Saturday.

Director Jim Sheridan, artist Guggi and musician Gavin Friday were among those who turned out to pay their respects to the great-grandfather described as “an inspiration”.

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Bono and his wife Ali Hewson outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

The guitarist added: “His curiosity and hunger to learn never stopped. I loved talking to him about breakthroughs in medical science or the latest new ideas in cosmology.

“We talked about weird and wonderful theories like string theory or the multiverse - this idea of infinite universes.

Director, Jim Sheridan outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Director, Jim Sheridan outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

“And I think he loved particularly that concept because he realised that in at least a few of those universes he would actually be a better golfer than Tiger Woods.”

Gavin Friday outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Gavin Friday outside Howth Presbyterian Church after the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and family members carry the coffin into Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
The Edge and family members carry the coffin into Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of his father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Adam Clayton arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Adam Clayton arrives at Howth Presbyterian Church for the funeral of the Edge's father, Garvin Evans. Picture credit; Damien Eagers

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