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Grieving Van Morrison attends funeral of mum Violet

Chris McCullough

Published 07/06/2016 | 08:14

Sir Van Morrison and Michelle Rocca attends his mother's funeral. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison and Michelle Rocca attends his mother's funeral. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends his mother's funeral. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Performer: Violet Morrison, mum of singer Van Morrison, entertains members of the Age Concern Day Centre at North Road, Belfast, in 2003
Funeral of Violet Morrison, mum of Sir Van Morrison. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

The funeral has taken place for Van Morrison’s mother Violet.

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She passed away last Tuesday in a County Down nursing home.

She was in her 90s.

Van, her only child, postponed two concerts in Germany this week after learning that his mother, the former Violet Stitt, had passed away.

A family notice for Violet stated she died peacefully on May 31 at Richmond Private Nursing Home in the Co Down seaside town.

She was buried at Redburn Cemetery in Holywood on Monday after a service in St Donard’s Parish Church, east Belfast — the same church where she married her husband George on Christmas Day 1941.

Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Van, her only child, flew home from Germany after postponing two concerts in Dresden to sort out arrangements for his mother, who was also a good singer in her own right.

St Donard’s Church featured in two of the recently knighted star’s songs — On Hyndford Street and Beside You.

Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Van’s daughter Shana once recalled how she learned songs while on her grandmother’s knee.

“My grandmother taught me the first songs I ever learned, the Star Of The County Down, Danny Boy and I’ll Tell My Ma,” she said.

Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

“She would hold me on her knee and the whole afternoon just sing song after song.”

Back in 1998 Shana dedicated her debut album Caledonia to her “‘wee granny” citing her as “one of my best friends in the world”.

Sir Van Morrison attends his mother's funeral. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends his mother's funeral. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Violet and her husband moved to the United States in the 1970s and ran the Caledonia Records shop in Fairfax, California.

They opened a similar shop in Belfast when they moved back to Northern Ireland.

Funeral of Violet Morrison, mum of Sir Van Morrison. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Funeral of Violet Morrison, mum of Sir Van Morrison. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Her husband passed away in 1998.

Performer: Violet Morrison, mum of singer Van Morrison, entertains members of the Age Concern Day Centre at North Road, Belfast, in 2003
Performer: Violet Morrison, mum of singer Van Morrison, entertains members of the Age Concern Day Centre at North Road, Belfast, in 2003
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Sir Van Morrison attends funeral of his mother Violet Morrison in east Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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