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Leonard Cohen laid to rest at private family funeral

By | Published on Tuesday 15 November 2016

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s family held a private funeral for the musician on Sunday. Cohen, of course, died last week. His body was taken back to Montreal, where he was born, to be buried with his parents.

In a post on Facebook, Cohen’s son Adam wrote: “My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked”.

“As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work”, he continued.

“There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humour. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him”.

A public memorial service is expected to take place in LA, where Cohen lived for many years.