Michelle Dockery’s Moving Tribute to Fiancé at His Funeral: ‘He Was My Friend …

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just months in to their relationship and died in Marymount Hospice on the outskirts of Cork on Sunday morning. 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.

Parish priest Father Declan Mansfield said the funeral fell between what should have been two happy events – Ms Dockery’s 34th birthday on Tuesday and what would have been Mr Dineen’s birthday tomorrow. 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. He had a genuine interest in other people.” She recalled a memorable Christmas morning as a youngster when she caught John filling up her stocking with small gifts. Thinking on his feet to get himself out of his predicament John quickly told her that Santa had got him to do the job as he was “wrecked.” “John was much more than a brother to me.

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.

So much so that John imposed a three question per day rule on me.” “Pat and Marie, Michelle, Trish, Robert and Scott, extended family and friends. Its very difficult for a priest like me to talk about heaven.” Fr Mansfield said God’s love was present in the midst of suffering through the outpouring of grief and support from neighbours and friends of the deceased.

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