Former army Major Anthony Everett, 87, passed away peacefully at home in England on 20 November (09), just days before his 88th birthday.
The My Best Friend’s Wedding star attended the funeral in Wiltshire, England last Wednesday (02Dec09) and asked mourners to donate to his father’s favourite charities, Help for Heroes and the Injured Jockeys Fund, instead of sending flowers.
The star also spoke at the memorial service, reading a chapter of his own autobiography, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, which described a trip down the Amazon river with his dad.
Everett admits he is devastated by his father’s death, but takes comfort in the knowledge he is no longer suffering.
He says, “It was a nice funeral. Your attitude at 25 to the death of your father is different from when you are 50. There is a different kind of frisson; it is fear for yourself as well, and a sense of all generations being one person.
“In a way, I was pleased that he died because he had been ill for years, just wear and tear, so that, little by little, his faculties had deserted him. He had lost his sight and become more cut off from the world but the way he dealt with it was admirable and touching. He was very stoic. And at the same time he got everything he wanted. He had the old country life, which will disappear soon.”
Anthony Everett is survived by his wife, Sara, and sons Rupert and Simon.