The passing of iconic singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot at 84 last week left countless fans mourning the loss of one of the most prosperous folk artists of his generation and a national hero in Canada.
On May 7, a memorial service was conducted to commemorate the musician’s life. During the service, a heartwarming moment occurred as an old friend gathered by his side.
The late Gordon Lightfoot, renowned for his hit tracks such as “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind,” was commemorated at St. Paul’s United Church in his native Orillia, Ontario, Canada.
Despite attaining worldwide acclaim, the singer remained loyal to his Canadian heritage. It has been reported that he requested for his funeral to be held at the Orilla church, where he once sang in the choir as a teenager.
“He is the one that wanted it to be here, in this church that he grew up in,” St. Paul’s choir director Blair Bailey told CTV News.
Gordon Lightfoot’s funeral was reportedly an intimate, private event with only 50 of his closest friends and family members in attendance. However, local supporters had an opportunity to honor his memory during a public visitation held on Sunday.
During the visitation, attendees were witness to a touching scene as an unexpected mourner, a dog named Taurus, nestled up next to the late musician’s side.
As per Gordon Lightfoot’s longtime publicist Victoria Lord, Taurus is owned by a member of Lightfoot’s touring team, and the duo formed a close bond while traveling together.
“He used to go on the road with him and wait for Gordon side stage,” Victoria Lord told Newsner. “Gordon loved dogs.”
It’s a poignant and emotional tribute when dogs, known for their unwavering loyalty, lay by the graves or caskets of their loved ones who have passed away.
The way a person treats animals speaks volumes about their character. Although Taurus was not Gordon Lightfoot’s personal pet, their profound connection is evident, and it’s evident that the dog will deeply mourn his loss.
On May 1, Gordon Lightfoot passed away at the age of 84 due to natural causes, according to the initial announcement made on his Facebook page.
During the 1970s, Gordon Lightfoot gained immense global recognition with hit songs like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” with several of his albums reaching platinum status.
As one of the premier folk music stars of his generation, Lightfoot was highly revered by his fellow musicians and held in high regard as a national hero in his home country of Canada.
As per CBC, Rush singer Geddy Lee described Lightfoot as “our poet laureate, he is our iconic singer-songwriter” in the 2019 documentary Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.
“I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like,” Bob Dylan once said. “Everytime I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever…. Lightfoot became a mentor for a long time. I think he probably still is to this day.”
Gordon Lightfoot, an incredible musician, has passed away and will be deeply missed by many, including his loyal companion Taurus.
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