Michelle Dockery Mourns Fiancé John Dineen, Sings at His Funeral: “He Was My …

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Downton Abbey Star Michelle Dockery Speaks and Sings at Fiancé’s Funeral.

Heartbroken Michelle Dockery has paid an emotional tribute to her beloved fiance John Dineen, calling him my “my friend, my king, my hero, my everything”. Four days after the tragic death of Michelle Dockery’s 34-year-old fiancé John Dineen, the Downton Abbey actress steeled herself to speak at his funeral in County Cork, Ireland. “Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal,” Dockery told mourners gathered at St. According to the Irish Independent the actress told the congregation at St James’ Catholic Church near Mr Dineen’s family home in the village of Waterfall: “I was honoured to know John. At just 34, she should have been looking forward to their wedding, planned with love and excitement – not attending John’s funeral in a Cork village church. To love him and be loved by him.” She then sang his favourite song – 1930s Hammerstein favourite ‘The Folks Who Live on the Hill’ from the altar which was lined with some of Mr Dineen’s favorite items including a childhood cuddly toy monkey and a rugby shirt and tie.

She also told how family and friends how his presence “was electric”when he came in to the room” and he had a “wicked sense of humour” and “genuine interest in other people.” A smiling photograph of Mr Dineen – who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer 15 months ago – was placed on his coffin during the service which was held a day before his 35th birthday. Michelle flew back from a promotional tour in the US on Thursday to be by his side in his final days at a hospice close to the home of his parents, Patrick and Marie.

We celebrate him, we honor him and we will miss him.” Dockery, who was introduced to the public-relations executive by her Downton co-star Allen Leech, continued, “John’s charm was legendary. The couple are thought to have started dating in September 2013 after being introduced by Irish actor Allen Leech, who stars alongside her in the ITV series. Beforehand, Dockery reportedly shared that she was uncertain about singing but Dineen’s father was “just as persuasive as his son.” While Dockery kept her romantic life private throughout her professional ascent, she did make one public reference to Dineen last year: “I have a wonderful man in my life from Ireland. I had just moved to Hong Kong in 2007 to work for Sotheby’s; he was travelling on business for the asset management company BlueBay, which he helped set up. Dineen’s favorite childhood toy—a stuffed monkey, a Munster rugby jersey as a symbol of his love of sport, while a tie represented his career successes.” In support of Dineen’s favorite rugby team, Dockery occasionally posted Instagrams cheering on Munster throughout their courtship.

Late last week, though, Dockery is said to have cut her promotional tour short to be with Dineen and his family during his final hours at Marymount Hospice. Alberto had been going through a divorce, and when it was over we bought a house in Switzerland, where we spent our weekends, travelling back to London during the week. He was so generous to me: the last Christmas we were together, he gave me First Edition copies of Alice in Wonderland, and Alice Through the Looking Glass, which he knew I had wanted for years. Alberto proposed on a private island in the Maldives, offering me a ring he had had made specially in Hong Kong, which featured a pear-shaped pink diamond. After seven weeks, when nothing had been done, I had to put my grief aside and talk to the family solicitor so that a cremation could take place in August, which only my father and I attended.

If the invitations had not been sent out, many of which, by sad coincidence, landed on doorsteps the day after Alberto’s death, I have to question whether I would have been acknowledged at all. My psychotherapist was invaluable, and the charity Cruse sent me a bereavement counsellor called Anni, who came to my home every week for a year and a half. Strangely, his passing has left me feeling less fearful of my own death – which is not to say that I don’t miss him, and still think of him every single day.

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