'A gentleman' Louis Walsh pays tribute to Shane Filan's late dad Peter
Louis Walsh has described Shane Filan’s late father Peter as “Sligo's number one gentleman”.
Heartbroken Shane said an emotional goodbye to his dad in a private funeral in Sligo yesterday afternoon.
Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral service was held privately with just immediate family members attending.
Peter died in his sleep under the care of the medical staff at St Vincent’s private Hospital on Sunday morning.
And Louis, who has been Shane’s manager since the band started 1998, described Peter as one of the nicest men he has ever met.
“You couldn’t meet more of a gentleman,” Louis told the Sunday World.
“Honestly, he was so devoted to his family and his grandchildren and he was a hero to Shane.
“There was nothing he wouldn't have done for his children and they were devoted to him.
“All throughout Shane’s career he supported him, from the time they were starting out and nobody knew who they were.
"When they became huge and famous it didn't matter to him and he was just so nice to everyone along the way.
“Nobody ever had a bad word to say about Peter and my heart just goes out to Shane and his family.
“He lost his mother Mae, who was this incredibly strong woman less than a year ago, and now he has lost his father.
“It is a huge loss for Shane and we are all thinking of him.”
Louis was unable to attend the mass but has been in constant contact with the lead singer.
Shane has also been lifted by the constant messages of support from his bandmates and Westlife's legions of loyal fans.
He also took to Instagram to thank the band’s thousands of fans for their messages of support.
Posting a screenshot of a note he had written in his phone, Shane wrote: "Yesterday, Sunday 4th October my heart was broken.
“I lost the most important man in my entire life, my Dad Peter. He was my best friend, my guidance through life and an absolutely amazing father.
“He was my hero. He died peacefully in his sleep in the amazing care of the medical team of St. Vincent's Hospital, Hawthorn ward and my brother Peter."
Shane continued: "I can't thank the staff of St. Vincent's Hospital enough for the incredible care they gave him over this last year. I'd like to also say thank you to all the Westlife fans and friends around the world for all your lovely kind messages at this sad time."
Shane then gave details of funeral arrangements saying that they would be "private to family".
"His funeral will be private to family due to all the current restrictions and safety of everyone.
“For anyone who would like to do something in his memory, you can make a small donation to cancertrials.ie for other families in the future."
Shane concluded: "He was one of a kind and will now be reunited with the love of his life of 55 years, my Mum Mae, together forever. Thank you. Love always, Shane and family".