Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Daughter in moving tribute to singer Gerry Rafferty

Singer Gerry Rafferty's daughter said farewell to her father by singing one of his songs at his funeral yesterday.

Martha Rafferty was joined by five other family members to sing Whatever's Written In Your Heart at the service.

Hundreds of mourners packed into St Mirin's Cathedral in Paisley, Renfrewshire, to pay their |last respects to the Scottish musician best known for his 1978 hit Baker Street.

He died on January 4 in Stroud, Gloucestershire, at the age of 63 following a long illness.

Proclaimers duo Charlie and Craig Reid, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and MSPs Hugh Henry, Wendy Alexander and Robin Harper were among those who attended the Requiem Mass, along with the singer-songwriter's friends and family.

His friend, playwright and artist John Byrne, gave the eulogy and said he felt “privileged” to have known Rafferty.

He said: “I think back to the wonderful times and memories of when we all used to go up to |the old art deco Rogano in Glasgow. We had great nights and great fun and great talk, food, and great songs.

“Gerry was very single-minded, which he used wonderfully well. He had hundreds and hundreds |of wonderful, brilliant and |marvellous songs.”

The Mass was led by Father John Tormey, who said: “He was a talented musician and a warm and loving person to his family and friends, and was a loving and devoted father and grandfather, and a wonderful soulmate to those close to him.”

After the service Rafferty's pale wood coffin was placed in a waiting hearse and white flowers were heaped upon it.

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