James Nesbitt carries coffin at father’s Castlerock funeral

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt (front, right) carries his father's casket in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, ahead of the funeral of his father, to be held at Downhill Burying Ground

Cold Feet star James Nesbitt carried his father’s coffin at his funeral as he compensated tribute to a ‘greater listener’ right after his demise aged 91. 

The Northern Irish actor and his sisters listened to prayers for his late father and were being also joined by footballers from the 91-yr-old’s favorite crew.

James Nesbitt Snr died very last Friday, aged 91. He was the headmaster of a primary university in Lisnamurrican, close to Broughshane in Co Antrim.

Prayers and tributes had been stated outside the spouse and children residence in Castlerock, close to Coleraine, in Co Londonderry in advance of his interment at Downhill Burying Ground. 

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt (entrance, suitable) carries his father’s casket in Coleraine, Northern Eire, in advance of the funeral of his father, to be held at Downhill Burying Floor

Nesbitt is comforted by his sister Andrea as they stand listening to prayers at the family home in Northern Ireland, ahead of the funeral of his father

Nesbitt is comforted by his sister Andrea as they stand listening to prayers at the spouse and children household in Northern Eire, in advance of the funeral of his father 

Nesbitt pictured with his father, James Nesbitt Snr, during a game at the Coleraine showgrounds in March 2012. The 91-year-old passed away on Friday

Nesbitt pictured with his father, James Nesbitt Snr, throughout a match at the Coleraine showgrounds in March 2012. The 91-12 months-old passed absent on Friday

Nesbitt explained his father as a ‘great listener’ and said that soon before his loss of life he had been crafting a history of his life.

‘You can picture how prolonged that took,’ he told mourners.

‘He was also preparing for his funeral and he wrote ‘I would like to devote this reading through to all people paid out or unpaid, household or strangers who have cared for me in my many years of affliction. I suppose I am a instead aged, widowed, orphan’.

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‘This looking through, to my mind, sums up Dad. Dad bled adore.

‘I want to thank all who have been in Dad’s lifestyle – his beloved wife and my mother May perhaps, and his sisters, his daughters and nieces and his friends, his grandchildren, excellent-grandchildren and all all those who he adored and beloved.

‘Dad was so proud of Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea. They cared for him and liked him, he adored them and was so proud.

‘It was not constantly quick and Kathryn almost certainly noticed that far more than most as she committed so much of the last calendar year of his existence searching after him.

‘There’s no hierarchy of grief. Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea will miss Father terribly and they will miss out on him because they cherished him and they beloved him since he cherished them.’ 

Nesbitt pictured with his sisters Kathryn, left, and Andrea, centre, as they stand together outside the family home in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, as prayers are being said

Nesbitt pictured with his sisters Kathryn, still left, and Andrea, centre, as they stand alongside one another outside the household household in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, as prayers are staying reported

Nesbitt during family prayers outside the home in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, ahead of the funeral of his father today, which will be held at Downhill Burying Ground

Nesbitt for the duration of relatives prayers outdoors the residence in Coleraine, Northern Eire, forward of the funeral of his father right now, which will be held at Downhill Burying Floor

Nesbitt carries his father's casket today. The actor described his father as a 'great listener' and said that shortly before his death he had been writing a history of his life

Nesbitt carries his father’s casket now. The actor described his father as a ‘great listener’ and said that shortly before his demise he had been composing a history of his existence

Nesbitt performed Adam in the common tv collection Chilly Ft and is chancellor of Ulster College. 

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Mr Nesbitt Snr was a existence-long supporter of Coleraine FC and manager Oran Kearney and participant Eoin Bradley had been amid these attending his funeral.

A tune by Harry Connick Jr was played as the cortege passed mourners lining the route to the burial.      

His father lived in the seaside village of Castlerock, Co Londonderry, and was pre-deceased by his spouse May possibly.

Actor Nesbitt formerly claimed: ‘As properly as remaining a brilliant instructor he was a passionate Coleraine football lover.

Coleraine FC manager Oran Kearney listens to prayers being said for James Nesbitt Sr today. Mr Nesbitt Sr and his son regularly attended Coleraine soccer games

Coleraine FC manager Oran Kearney listens to prayers remaining explained for James Nesbitt Sr today. Mr Nesbitt Sr and his son often attended Coleraine soccer game titles

Nesbitt (centre) and his three sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea during family prayers in Coleraine, Northern Ireland today

Nesbitt (centre) and his a few sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea for the duration of household prayers in Coleraine, Northern Ireland currently

Nesbit carries his father's casket while mourners walk behind ahead of the funeral today. A song by Harry Connick Jr was played as the cortege passed mourners lining the burial route

Nesbit carries his father’s casket although mourners walk driving in advance of the funeral nowadays. A music by Harry Connick Jr was performed as the cortege handed mourners lining the burial route

Nesbitt during family prayers outside the family home in Coleraine, Northern Ireland today as people pay their respects ahead of the funeral of his father

Nesbitt through spouse and children prayers outdoors the household residence in Coleraine, Northern Ireland right now as people spend their respects forward of the funeral of his father

‘One of my most cherished reminiscences is of staying with him to observe Coleraine elevate the Irish Cup two many years in the past at which dad was presented with Skinner Bradley’s successful medal.

‘He leaves behind a family members who will miss out on him extra than text can say and I communicate for myself, and my sisters Margaret, Kathryn and Andrea, when I say that he was a actually fantastic gentleman, and a superb father, grandfather and fantastic-grandfather.’ 

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Coleraine FC Chairman Colin McKendry earlier claimed: ‘James acquired to know the gamers personally and travelled on the workforce bus to many of our significant matches, which include the Irish Cup win in 2018.’

He included: ‘Unfortunately he wasn’t capable to go to many matches a short while ago because of to unwell health but I’m confident he would have been very pleased of our attempts last time.

‘Not only was James a fantastic supporter, but he was also a excellent sponsor and we are indebted to him.’

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