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Funeral takes place of Van Morrison's beloved mother Violet at St Donard’s Parish Church, Bloomfield

By Chris McCullough

The funeral has taken place for Van Morrison’s beloved mother Violet.

Violet Morrison, who was in her 90s, passed away last Tuesday in a private nursing home in Holywood.

She will be buried at Redburn Cemetery in Holywood on Monday after a service in St Donard’s Parish Church, Bloomfield — the same church where she married her husband George on Christmas Day 1941.

Van, her only child, flew home from Germany after postponing two concerts in Dresden to sort out arrangements for his mother, who was also a good singer in her own right.

St Donard’s Church featured in two of the recently knighted star’s songs — On Hyndford Street and Beside You.

A family notice for Violet stated she died peacefully on May 31 at Richmond Private Nursing Home in the Co Down seaside town.

Van’s daughter Shana once recalled how she learned songs while on her grandmother’s knee.

“My grandmother taught me the first songs I ever learned, the Star Of The County Down, Danny Boy and I’ll Tell My Ma,” she said.

“She would hold me on her knee and the whole afternoon just sing song after song.”

Back in 1998 Shana dedicated her debut album Caledonia to her “‘wee granny” citing her as “one of my best friends in the world”.

Violet and her husband moved to the United States in the 1970s and ran the Caledonia Records shop in Fairfax, California.

They opened a similar shop in Belfast when they moved back to Northern Ireland.

Her husband passed away in 1998.

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