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Friday 20 July 2018

Tributes paid as U2 star Edge's father dies

The Edge and his father John Garvin Evans
The Edge and his father John Garvin Evans

Eimear Rabbitt

Tributes have been paid to for the late father of U2 star The Edge.

John Garvin Evans passed away in the Bon Secours Hospital in Dublin on Saturday following a long illness.

Originally from Wales, Mr Evans and his wife Gwenda moved to Dublin in the 1960s and settled in Malahide.

They had three children, David, who went on to become The Edge, Richard, and daughter Gillian.

Gwenda passed away in 2012.

Mr Evans' heartbroken family said he died "peacefully after a long and courageous battle with illness met with typical joie de vivre, in the wonderful care of the staff of the Bons Secours Hospital."

The statement added Mr Evans will be "very sadly missed" by his children and extended family, including The Edge's wife Morleigh and their children.

His funeral will take place in Howth Presbyterian Church at 11am tomorrow.

Mr Evans spoke about his relationship with his famous son in a magazine interview with .

"We have always got along very well together," he said.

"And I can honestly say we have never had the slightest disagreement that I can remember - ever."

Last year, The Edge shared some of his childhood memories with his father for book Sons + Fathers. In the book The Edge recounted going on a fishing trip in Wales with his dad. "That is indelibly printed in my memory," he said.

Irish Independent

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