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Stars to mourn as Bob Geldof's dad dies at 96

ROCK stars and leading showbusiness personalities are expected to attend the funeral of Bob Geldof's 96-year-old father who has died in Dublin.

Bob Snr passed away in St Vincent's Hospital yesterday morning, following a short illness.

His wife Eve died more than 50 years ago. The couple had three children, Bob, Cleo and Lynn.

Bob Jnr told this month's Q magazine that U2's Bono had recently spent time with his father and both were suffering from back ailments.

"Bono always goes to see my dad because they get on great together. We went to the pub. Bono was f***ed becuase of his back and my old man's back was f***ed too, so I was going 'Jesus, look at the pair of you.'"

Bob Snr was born in Ypres, Belgium, and worked in some of London's leading hotels become coming to Ireland, where he ran a number of restaurants. His wife died when Bob was just seven, and while the father-son relationship was difficult, the gulf was slowly bridged in the 1980s. In later years, Bob Snr was often seen at his son's side.

Mr Geldof is survived by his sister Mai, his three children, six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

His death notice today described him as "an exceptional loving man."

His funeral mass will be held in St Joseph's Church, Glasthule, on Tuesday with burial at Deansgrange Cemetery.

mlavery@herald.ie