Fond tributes to charming gentleman entertainer Val
Irishman’s singing career spanned more than six decades
TRIBUTES have been paid to the much -oved singer and entertainer Val Doonican, who died last week.
Mr Doonican, who lived in Knotty Green in Beaconsfield, died on Thursday, July 2, aged 88, of old age according to his family.
He had been a regular fixture on television screens across the UK with the Val Doonican Show, which ran from 1965 until 1986 and featured his own performances and guest artists.
Born Michael Valentine Doonican in 1927 in Waterford, Ireland, he was the youngest of eight children.
He started performing in his hometown, was featured on Irish radio and appeared in Waterford’s first ever television broadcast.
In 1951, Mr Doonican moved to England to join singing group the Four Ramblers, who toured and performed on BBC radio.
In 1963, he was asked to appear on Sunday Night at the Palladium which led to him being offered his own show.
His jumpers became his trademark along with the rocking chair from which he often performed.
The Palladium performance also launched his recording career, leading to five success top 10 albums in the UK in the ‘60s.
He stopped performing in 2009 after more than 60 years.
After news of his death last week, people from the world of showbusiness, as well as those who knew him from his time in
Val Doonican was well-known for his rocking chair and jumpers when he appeared on TV from 1965 to 1986 Bucks, lined up tribute to him.
Bob Massie, a television producer whose wife Tina
to pay runs the Red Lion in Knotty Green, which Mr Doonican lived opposite, said: “In later life I got to know him as he lived just opposite the Red Lion and he helped us with KnotFest.
“He was thoroughly charming and will be very much missed.”
Astrologer Russell Grant tweeted: “Dear Val Doonican has passed over. I worked with him many times a dear, kind, down to earth man. One of television’s gentlemen”, while DJ Tony Blackburn said; “So sad to hear that Val Doonican has passed away. He was a lovely man and a true professional who I worked with on several TV shows.”
Mr Doonican is survived by his wife Lynn, daughters Sarah and Fiona and grandchildren Bethany and Scott.
A statement from the family said: “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by family, friends and his many fans.”
No date has yet been set for a funeral but a family spokesman said that it would be a private ceremony.