Private Catholic funeral for Davy Jones


Monkees singer Davy Joneswas remembered in a small private Florida funeral as a laid-back daydreamer who brought fans into a world blissfully free of worries.

The service was held behind locked doors Wednesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indiantown, close to Jones’ home.

The Rev. Frank O’Loughlin, who presided over the service, said several of Jones’ own songs were played, including “I’ll Love You Forever” and “Written in My Heart.” In his own remarks to mourners, the priest compared the singer to the diminutive hero of “Lord of the Rings,” saying the author J.R.R. Tolkien portrayed a world not unlike the one Jones offered fans.

“He wrote about a quiet, gentle, contented people,” O’Loughlin said in his sermon, a copy of which he shared with The Associated Press. “A people for whom life was bright, neighbors friends, daydream believers with an absolute absence of burden who took themselves lightly — lighter than air. Wasn’t that what David conveyed to the world, a blissful lightness of being?”

O’Loughlin said Jones’ widow, Jessica Pacheco, brought her husband’s cremains to the church and her brother Joseph Pacheco, the singer’s manager, gave a eulogy. Besides family, the man who first trained Jones to ride racehorses was in attendance, as were members of his current band, who wrote prayers they read at the service.

The three surviving members of The Monkees did not attend, saying they didn’t want to attract unwanted attention.

“I think your David captivated us because he was a new universal hero — not a typical Odysseus or Beowulf — but a very Christian hero, strength of character rather than strength of arms,” O’Loughlin said, “conducting himself with humility and caring for others.”

Jones rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts along with his bandmates in The Monkees, captivating audiences with hits including “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” He died of a heart attack Feb. 29.

A spokeswoman for Jones, Helen Kensick, said Thursday that another memorial will take place next week in the singer’s hometown of Manchester, England. It will also be private and no further details were announced.



  1. naturgesetz says:

    I’m happy to know that he got a Catholic funeral, but I’m a little bit surprised that they could lock the doors of a Mass on the faithful, considering that it is the public prayer of the Church.

    Still, what’s really important is that he had the Mass.

  2. Was Mr. Jones Catholic?

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    Interestingly, Ed, none of his biographies online say — though they do mention his three marriages and children.

    Wouldn’t it be out of the ordinary to have a Catholic funeral for someone who wasn’t Catholic?

  4. Suburbanbanshee says:

    1) It’s normal and common for people not members of a family or close friends to be asked not to attend a funeral Mass. Usually nobody minds who comes, but it does happen fairly often. All you have to do is have ushers, etc. stand outside the doors and say that “the family wanted this to be private.” Same thing for a nuptial Mass, etc.

    2) People can be buried out of a Catholic church who aren’t Catholic, although a Mass is not usually involved (AFAIK). There are a lot of people in Florida who have one spouse who’s Catholic and another who’s not, so priests down in Florida announce this option fairly often. All you have to do is ask. This doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to be buried in a Catholic cemetery, of course. (Although I think there are options for that.) Basically, this is a lot like a Catholic military chaplain being able to minister to (consenting) non-Catholics.

    3. He could have converted on his deathbed. You live across the road from nuns, they’re going to try and pray for that to happen. :)

  5. Suburbanbanshee says:

    4. It does say “funeral service,” not “funeral Mass.”

  6. My understanding is that a Catholic funeral- even a Mass- is permitted for a non- Catholic as long as it would not be counter to the deceased’s wishes, or the sensitivities of his family (e.g. his parents vs. his wife and children.) or bring scandal on the Church. I’m a funeral director and this happens occasionally in my area, sometimes even within the context of a Mass.

  7. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    From the Code of Canon Law:



    Can. 1183 §1. When it concerns funerals, catechumens must be counted among the Christian faithful.

    §2. The local ordinary can permit children whom the parents intended to baptize but who died before baptism to be given ecclesiastical funerals.

    §3. In the prudent judgment of the local ordinary, ecclesiastical funerals can be granted to baptized persons who are enrolled in a non-Catholic Church or ecclesial community unless their intention is evidently to the contrary and provided that their own minister is not available.

    Can. 1184 §1. Unless they gave some signs of repentance before death, the following must be deprived of ecclesiastical funerals:

    1/ notorious apostates, heretics, and schismatics;

    2/ those who chose the cremation of their bodies for reasons contrary to Christian faith;

    3/ other manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.

    §2. If any doubt occurs, the local ordinary is to be consulted, and his judgment must be followed.

    Can. 1185 Any funeral Mass must also be denied a person who is excluded from ecclesiastical funerals.

  8. You found the canon, below. And yes, it is unusual.

  9. How many spouses are people in Florida allowed to have?

  10. naturgesetz says:

    There seem to be a lot of Catholics in Mancs. I suppose it’s the proximity to Ireland.

    That’s no proof, of course.

  11. Nice story! I remember the earlier story which Deacon linked regarding his friendship with the nuns across the street.

    The best comment I read here was the one from “suburbanbanshee”:
    “3. He could have converted on his deathbed. You live across the road from nuns, they’re going to try and pray for that to happen :-)

    Yes, I thought of those nuns when I saw this story, and so the comment by “suburbanbanshee” mirrored my own.

  12. honeybee says:

    I hope it was a memorial service and not a funeral service.
    I don’t believe that secular songs have any place in church services. Also, I would hope that at a funeral the priest would preach more gospel– you know– Jesus, His death for the forgiveness of our sins and His Resurrection — and less Davy Jones.

    To tell you the truth, on the basis of what is written here, this service seems like it would have come out of one of those “seeker sensitive” churches, rather than an RC church.

  13. In his youth Davy was a member of the English Independents, what would be considered the “congregational” church in the United States. There is no doubt he was lawfully baptized; the family photos of the ceremony were published in the 1960s. He remembered (through his press agents, of course) celebrating Whitsunday (Pentecost) with particular relish. During the run of Oliver! in New York he befriended persons of all faiths (one of his best friends, his understudy, was Jewish); they apparently attended Mass together once in awhile, and witnessed at least one Catholic baptism together. Ah, the 60′s. Gotta love it.
    Do we not pray for all those who have left this world in God’s friendship? Thank you, Fr O’Loughlin, for making sure the doors were open to this family. And thank you, Davy, for remembering the Hope Rural School.

  14. I would have thought Davy was Puritan, since that was what the Pilgrims were when they left England in 1620.

  15. It may be normal for a family to ask people not to attend a funeral mass, but the other Monkees were very close friends of Davys, i dont think their not attending was becasue of this. The family was afraid their attendance would create a media frenzy. I think this decision on tge part of Davys family was wrong. When George Harrison of the Beatles died, he was cremated, and a funeral was held with Paul Mccartney in attendance, Ringo may have been there also, I dont remember, Davy Jones funeral would not have been any larger a media event than Harrisons, and could have been kept private with the other Monkees in attendance, I thin both Davy and the other Monkees were short changed by the other Monkees not attending the funeral and paying respect to their long time friend. I respect teh the widh of teh family for teh funeral to be held this way, but i think it is terribly sad.

  16. Sheri Pape says:

    I knew David since 2000. Even though he had a Catholic service, he was not Catholic, so I hope the England service was held at his Congregational Church in Manchester. Most likely his wife was catholic.

  17. I thought Catholics weren’t supposed to be cremated. Jessica Pacheco and fam are probably Catholic. Davy wrote in his autobiography that he had a plot for himself by his parents.

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