Beatlesarama sources | George Martin, the legendary music producer who was often dubbed the Fifth Beatle due to his work with the Fab Four, passed away on 8 March (16) aged 90, and he was laid to rest in a private family funeral in Wiltshire, England.
George’s celebrity friends got the opportunity to pay their respects and say farewell at a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, London on Wednesday.
More than 600 mourners attended the service to celebrate George, including Paul, his fashion designer daughter Stella, Elton and singer James Bay. John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono was reportedly in the congregation too.
Paul delivered a eulogy praising George’s impact on the Beatles music while James and British actor/comedians Alexander Armstrong and Bernard Cribbins performed at the memorial, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
Stella posted a selfie on Instagram in which her veiled face is half-covered by the order of service booklet. She writes, “A heart warming service to celebrate a truly great man and his beautiful family.”
Composer Howard Goodall wrote on Twitter, “Beautiful, loving tributes at George Martin celebration, particularly from his son Giles & ‘other son’ Macca. Privilege to be there.”
Following George’s death, McCartney wrote a lengthy tribute on his personal website, which read, “I’m so sad to hear the news of the passing of dear George Martin. I have so many wonderful memories of this great man that will be with me forever. He was a true gentleman and like a second father to me.”
George is survived by his wife Judy Lockhart Smith and their children Lucy and Giles, plus children Alexis and Gregory from his first marriage to Sheena Chisholm.