Carson Remembered At Hometown Funeral

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March 3, 2012 | 9:36am EST

Beloved comedian Frank Carson has been remembered at a moving funeral service in his native Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The funnyman passed away last month after losing a battle with cancer at the age of 85, and his friends and family turned out to pay their respects at a memorial service at the city’s St Patrick’s Church on Saturday.

Famous faces in attendance included British comedian Lenny Henry and Irish singer Dana, as well as Northern Ireland’s First Minister Martin McGuinness.

During the Catholic service Bishop Edward Daly described Carson as the “Prime Minister of Fun” and told the congregation, “Frank, I think, would be mildly amused by the manner in which he has been almost canonised in recent days… He would be the first to admit that he was not a saint.

“He loved acting the rascal. He loved being brash and very loud and naughty and mischievous, at times. It was just the way he was and he was all the more lovable for it.”

After the service, Carson’s coffin was due to be taken to a number of locations around the city as part of the funeral procession.

The first stop was the protestant St Anne’s Cathedral, which was reportedly added to the route to symbolise Carson’s wish to be “liked by everyone”, before its final destination at Milltown Cemetery.