The funeral of Phil McCartney

took place at 1pm on the 22nd January 2013 at St Thomas’s Church Mellor. It was a cold day with the ground covered with snow but brightened by sunshine. As expected, there was an exceptional attendance with various estimates of around 500 people who had come to pay their respects. The church itself was completely full, yet more braved the cold outside in the churchyard  and perhaps another 150 to 200 crowded into the parish centre to hear the service relayed through speakers with a slideshow backdrop of photos of Phil, his family and friends. The regard with which he was held in the community was illustrated by the turnout from Mellor and beyond.


The sheer number of people brought to mind the following poem :

Late Fragment
by Raymond Carver

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

The service was very touching with a eulogy from a friend, Paddy Whitham and emotional tributes from Phil’s son, Dan and sister-in-law, Donna Heselton. There were two simple hymns : Jerusalem and Amazing Grace followed by  some very thoughtful and appropriate words from St Thomas’s new vicar, Alex Sanders.

The service ended with some music from Bruce Hornsby:

The show goes on, and the sad-eyed sisters go walking on
Everyone watching all along
The show goes on, as the autumn’s coming
And the summer’s all gone
Still without you, the show goes on

The congregation was then  invited to return to The Royal Oak to continue to celebrate Phil’s life. Visitors to the pub over the next two weeks are encouraged to share any memories of Phil in writing and add to a box on the bar. These will be brought together in a book about him.


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2 Responses to The funeral of Phil McCartney

  1. Nicholas Berry says:

    If ever there could be a perfect tribute to Phil, today was it. The absolutely momentous and overwhelming turn out of friends, family and loved ones was a testament to the number of lives Phil touched. Phil will be forever missed but never forgotten. A true McCartney!. All our love to Debbie, Lydia, Daniel and all the family.

  2. says:

    A fantastic tribute for a fantastic person ,the amazing turnout brought mellor to a standstill and had the church bursting at the seems , just goes to show how much phil was loved ,The eulogy by paddy was totally brilliant and Dan phil would have been very proud of you the words said by Donna on debs behalf were simply beautiful Phil you were a treasure and I was proud to know you . Joanne xx

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