The stand up was at late entertainer Jethro’s funeral on Monday after the star – whose real name was Geoffrey Rowe – passed away on 14 December last year aged 73

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Jethro: Comedian’s funeral procession arrives at Truro Cathedral

Jim Davidson looked sombre as he attended the funeral of friend and fellow comedian Jethro on Monday – where he also gave a reading.

The 68-year-old comedian was among the mourners who arrived at Truro Cathedral, in Cornwall, to pay their respects to Jethro, real name Geoffrey Rowe, who died on 14 December last year aged 73.

Jethro passed away after contracting Covid-19 – and was reported to have been both double vaccinated and received a booster shot ahead of his death.

Jim was dressed in a black suit, black tie, white shirt, black shoes and carried a black face covering as he arrived at the service on January 3rd.







Jim Davidson arrives for the funeral of Cornish comedian Jethro at Truro Cathedral
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The service was due to begin at midday with PA reporting: “A eulogy will be read out on behalf of Jethro’s family, and speakers will include his long-time agent John Miles and stand-up comic Jim Davidson.”

PA also noted: “Hymns including The Old Rugged Cross and Trelawney will be sung accompanied by Cornish folk band The Oggymen.”

Jim had previously paid tribute to Jethro following the announcement of the Cornish comedian’s death.







Jethro passed away in December last year
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The day after the stand up passed away, Jim shared a photograph of him via Twitter and wrote: “My good friend Jethro has left us. RIP Jethro, you will be greatly missed.”

The BBC reports that Jethro’s family have asked for donations to be sent to the Children’s Hospice South West.

Sarah Stott, from Little Harbour hospice in St Austell, told the BBC: “We were really touched that they would be thinking of us at this difficult time.

“It meant so much and we send our heartfelt thanks to them.”







Jim was expected to give a reading at the comedian’s funeral
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Jim and Jethro moved in similar circles as famous comedians
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Jethro had retired from touring and performing live in 2020 following over 50 years of working across the stand-up circuit.

He rose to prominence in the 1980s as he took his jokes on the road and made his first national appearance on TV in the Des O’Connor show in 1990.

He featured as one of the performers on the Royal Variety Show in 2001 and is regarded as one of the biggest stars to ever come out of Cornwall.

A funeral procession set off from Jethrow’s club in Lewdown, Okehampton, at 10am on Monday, and is travelled through Lifton before going on to Truro where a procession was held at the War Memorial.

Fans lined the streets to pay their respects to the comedian – while a formal wake has been ruled out due to concerns and restrictions over the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the Cathedral’s capacity expected to become full, speakers were erected outside in order to allow the service to be heard by the hoards of fans that gathered to pay their respects.







Fans lined up to pay respects to Jethro as his funeral procession moved through Truro
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Jethro’s death was announced by his family last year, with an online post reading: “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of the well known and popular Cornish comedian Jethro.

“Tragically Jethro passed away on 14th December 2021 after contracting COVID-19.

“Jethro leaves behind his life partner Jennie, sons Jesse and Lanyon, step daughter Sarah, daughter-in-law Stacey and of course his much loved grandchildren.







A funeral for the star was held at Truro Cathedral, in Cornwall, on Monday
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“We ask that you respect our privacy at this very sad time and give us all time to grieve. We will continue to support each other in the knowledge that our lives will never be the same without him.”

And the star himself previously explained his decision to retire had been a difficult one to make, explaining: “I think it’s time to hang up my mic.

“It’s been a hard decision but my memory has made it easier. A big thank you to everyone that has come to see me over 50 years.”

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