Michelle Dockery Gave Moving Speech at Fiancee's Funeral

Not only did she give a most touching tribute to her 34-year-old fiancee, who passed away on Sunday after battling cancer, she also managed to sing.

Speaking at his funeral at St James's Church in Ballinora, Waterfall, Cork, the Downton Abbey star described her fiancee as "charming, charismatic, cheeky and considerate." Dockery added: "John's charm was legendary. He could persuade anyone to do what he wanted in the least pushy way possible - particularly with women", which was met with laughter from all assembled.

She continued: "I was honoured to know John, to love him and to be loved by him. He was my friend, my king, my hero, my everything. We celebrate him, we honour him and we will miss him."


The Independent reports: "The funeral had opened with one of Mr Dineen's favourite pieces of music - Van Morrison's 'Days Like This'. Gifts brought up to the altar symbolising his life included a Munster rugby jersey, his childhood toy monkey, the Norton Anthology of Poetry and one of his work ties. A great lover of music, the requiem mass was dotted with many of his favourite pieces, including Hozier's 'Take Me to Church'"

Dockery also sang Hammerstein's The Folks on The Hill. The paper reports that she wasn't sure whether she'd be able to sing or not but "John's father was 'just as persuasive as his son'."


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