Private funeral for Davy Jones held in Florida

NEW YORK Wed Mar 7, 2012 6:29pm EST

Lead singer of the sixties rock band The Monkees, Davy Jones, sings on stage at the Newcastle Arena March 7, 1997. REUTERS/Dan Chung

Lead singer of the sixties rock band The Monkees, Davy Jones, sings on stage at the Newcastle Arena March 7, 1997.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A private funeral was held on Wednesday for onetime teen heartthrob and pop singer from The Monkees, Davy Jones, near his home in Florida, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Immediate family including his wife and daughters attended the small, private service. Jones' body was to be cremated and his ashes returned to his birthplace in Manchester, England, publicist Helen Kensick said.

The lone British member of the 1960s made-for-television pop band that scored hits such as "Daydream Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday," died suddenly after suffering a heart attack in Florida last week at the age of 66.

A public memorial service for Jones will be held next week in Manchester, where Jones also grew up, while another public service is yet to be confirmed but may be held in either Los Angeles or New York, Kensick said.

It is not known if any of the other former Monkees -- Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith -- will perform at the public memorial services.

Jones sang lead vocals for the band whose other hits included "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer." He gained worldwide fame for his turn on the TV comedy series "The Monkees" that ran from 1966 to 1968 and later played for many years in re-runs.

Jones suffered his heart attack while attending to horses he kept in Indiantown, Florida, about halfway between the Atlantic coast and Lake Okeechobee. He had lived with his third wife, Jessica Pacheco-Jones, in Hollywood, Florida, in recent years.

In addition to his wife, Jones is survived by four daughters from two previous marriages.

(Reporting By Christine Kearney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (4)
applejack wrote:
I still get a pang in my chest when I read about this and I don’t even know Davy. I met him once in the 90′s at an Atlantic City Hotel/Casino gym (he was appearing there). He spent the whole time talking to some other fellow and never did exercise!

Mar 07, 2012 10:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
PT4 wrote:
The six-year old inner self inside the baby boomer shell is still reeling from this news. He bought pleasure to many, continued to be well regarded, and the many who met him tell of a friendly, funny and kind man.

A dignfied exit for a man who deserved nothing less. RIP Davy.

Mar 08, 2012 2:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
DarkDaphne wrote:
R I P Sweet David Thomas Jones * My first love ever, this will always remain! Davy will be remembered in a light of eunique awakening! Wish our time here would not be cut short..for I find it impossible to imagine Davy not here in this world! I know he is in a better place as what we understand is heaven, I shall see him when I arrive! Love & Peace to you Davy, x0x May your family also find serenity, through this process!

Mar 08, 2012 2:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
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