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Jackie Flavelle ‘fantastic old school musician’, mourners told

By David Young

Family and friends of Northern Ireland jazz great and radio presenter Jackie Flavelle packed the chapel at Roselawn yesterday to say a final farewell to the much-loved musician who died this week.

Among the mourners were well-known figures from Northern Ireland's music scene, including George Jones, Terri Hooley and Frankie Connolly, as well as presenters and broadcasters such as Frank Mitchell, Trevor 'Big T' Campbell and Walter Love.

Terri Hooley said: "He was fantastic. He was an old school musician - really brilliant, with time for everybody.

"He travelled the world with everybody."

Former Styx and Fugitives singer Frankie Connolly described Mr Flavelle as "a legend".

"He was not only a regular with (jazz great) Chris Barber, but played with just about every important British jazz musician who ever lived. He was the musician's musician.

"We all loved him. Jackie was a friend to me right to the end - a great jazz, blues and soul spirit, and a wonderful raconteur."

George Jones, who first met Jackie in the 1960s, said: "He was a lovely guy - always ready to offer help and advice. He was a one-off.

"He will be very much missed - not just for his musical ability but for his temperament and his wry look at life," he said. "He's left a big void."

Earlier, Mr Flavelle's parchment-coloured coffin - decorated with musical staves and nots - had been given a rousing send off from his native Donaghadee.

Terri Hooley said he'd found the day "very, very emotional" as musician's played When the Saint Go Marching In behind the coffin as it left the village.

"I don't know if anybody could ever say a bad word about Jackie," Mr Hooley added.

At the Roselawn service, Jackie's daughter Lisa gave an emotional, heartfelt tribute to her much-loved father.

She revealed that Jackie had died on September 25 - the 52nd anniversary of his wedding to late wife Noreen.

"Such perfect timing - and so typical for Mum to get the last word," she said.

"Dad was part of a great tradition - but a true original."

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