Now let him rest in peace. Let this be the end of it.
Why does it feel like it won’t be?
What a dignified send off, full of song, love and humour. Steo would have been proud, and I am sure he was looking down with his cheeky smile, and a joke upon his lips, someone who will be so sadly missed by his husband, family, boyzone, friends and fans alike. One of those unique people, someone who loved life, loved people, loved to perform, loved to please someone who no one has had a bad word to say about, a hero as Ronan said, yes a hero of just being a nice guy, with time for everyone. RIP Stephen we love you. Lynn Ryan and Colette
Very touching scenes.
“Father Declan said that Gately held a deep connection with the church. It was where he was baptised and received Holy Communion.”
One wonders whether Gately was aware of the hostile stance the Catholic Church officially takes on gay sexual relationships and legalised gay partnership. His gay pop star friend Elton John certainly showed that he was when he publicy atacked Cardinal Winning, then head of the Catholic Church of Scotland, for his outspoken homophobia, and said that religion ought to be banned.
Perhaps, like so many gay Catholics, Gately turned a blind eye to this.
In my experience, I think it more likely that his parish priest took a blind eye to his homosexuality. That’s how it is at my local church where there are at least three homosexual couples who play active roles in the church community. I am sure Stephen must have been aware of the wider hostility within the church. I am sure Father Declan does, too. But what can he say at the poor man’s funeral?
This morning, when I woke up, my first thought was – they cremated him after the funeral service. It’s all over. I only wish that was true.