Sunday 22 April 2018

Tributes pour in as The Edge's father Garvin Evans passes away

The Edge playing in Paris last month
The Edge playing in Paris last month
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Tributes have poured in from U2 fans in the wake of the death of The Edge's father John Garvin Evans.

Mr Evans passed away on Saturday at the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin after a "long and courageous battle with illness met with typical joie de vivre".

Originally from Wales, Mr Evans and his wife Gwenda ( who passed away in 2012) moved to Dublin in the 1960s and had three children, The Edge, Richard, and Gillian.

His funeral will take place on Wednesday at 11am at Howth Presbyterian Church.

The Edge previously spoke about his relationship with his father in a book about fathers and sons which sold in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.

He recalled a fishing trip with his dad to Wales which inspired him to pursue the hobby with his own son Levi.

Fans have paid tribute to Mr Evans on social media and fan sites across the world.

Italian magazine Inutile re-posted an interview with Garvin from 2012 in which he spoke about his famous son and his support for U2.

"We have always got along very well together – which goes for all my three children – right from the time when they were very young, up to present time," he said.

"We really did not have any so called ‘teenage’ problems, and I can honestly say we have never had the slightest disagreement that I can remember – ever.

"If that sounds too good to be true – well I guess we are lucky. Although Bono has written some lyrics that were addressed specifically to his occasionally difficult relationship with his Dad, there have been none involving me – as far as I know."

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