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Thursday 18 September 2014

Showbiz world mourns loss of journalist Richie Taylor

Melanie Finn

Published 08/08/2014 | 07:16

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Sister of Richie taylor Aishling, Mother Of Richie Taylor Marion, Wife of Richie Taylor Sandra & daughter Liadan at the funeral of Richie Taylor at Glasnevin Cemetary,Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
07/08/2014 Sister of Richie taylor Aishling, Mother Of Richie Taylor Marion, Wife of Richie Taylor Sandra & daughter Liadan at the funeral of Richie Taylor at Glasnevin Cemetary,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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Son of Richie taylor Fiachra Taylor during the funeral of Richie Taylor at Glasnevin Cemetary,Dublin.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
07/08/2014 Son of Richie taylor Fiachra Taylor during the funeral of Richie Taylor at Glasnevin Cemetary,Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The world of music and Irish media came together to pay their last respects to late journalist and musician Richie Taylor.

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The popular 61-year-old was laid to rest amid emotional scenes at Glasnevin Crematorium, where a humanist ceremony was held to celebrate his colourful life.

It was standing room only in the northside church with personalities including Twink, aka Adele King, MCD's Denis Desmond and Justin Green, Aslan's Billy McGuinness and DJ Ian Dempsey all there.

A showbiz journalist who had worked with a number of newspapers, including the Herald and the Irish Independent, he passed away at Beaumont Hospital last Sunday after a short illness.

Tribute was paid to the dad-of-three by his wife Sandra who said it was a case of "opposites attract" from the start.

She said he had brought her breakfast in bed every day of their married lives.

"He really knew how to have fun, 24-7 fun," she said.

"I had never experienced anything like that and it bowled me over."

Sandra said that despite the industry he worked in, he "never went into Machismo mode", and how he was one of the earliest feminists, "long before it was fashionable".

"I never heard him disparage a female colleague," she said. "Richie just liked women. He enjoyed their company and valued their opinions."

She said he would spend hours gossiping on the phone with his pals and was an "open, jovial, generous-hearted man".

He was a "loyal and thoughtful son" to his mum Marion and would spend every weekend taking her shopping. She moved to a nursing home five minutes away from their Rush home.

Proud

But she said he was "proudest of all of being a father" and devoted to their three children Christopher, Líadan and Fiachra.

"While he loved music so much, he loved the kids much more," she said.

"Richie left us much too soon but he left us as a strong, unbreakable family unit and a huge stock of Richie Taylor stories.

"He has not stopped making us laugh and he never will."

Richie's sister Aishling described him as "an amazing big brother" who helped his parents pick his new adopted sister.

"He chose me because I smiled at him," she said.

The service included a reading of Leonard Cohen lyrics along with Richie's solo single Stumble Into Love.

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Irish Independent

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