Liam Neeson's Mother Dies at 94 Just One Day before the Actor's 68th Birthday
On June 7, 2020, actor Liam Neeson was set to celebrate his 68th birthday, but the day before, his mother passed away. She was six years shy of her 100th birthday.
Katherine "Kitty" Neeson passed away in Northern Ireland on June 6, 2020, at the age of 94. The All Saints Church in Ballymena noted her passing on Saturday during a live-streamed church service.
The service was shown on Facebook. In the clip, Priest Monsignor Paddy Delargy noted: "Let us pray for the faithful departed. We pray for those that died recently… and Kitty Neeson.”
CHURCHES PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
The priest explained that the details for her funeral would be revealed later. The church’s service was recorded on the social media platform due to restrictions placed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Most churches have chosen to host services online without risking people’s lives. However, others still host physical services but with much fewer attendees.
Katherine was also a parent to Elizabeth, Rosaleen, and Bernadette Neeson. They all lived in Ballymena which happens to be Liam’s birthplace.
The actor’s mother was staying at the Slemish Nursing Home when she passed away. Katherine will be laid to rest on Tuesday after a “strictly private” service at James Henry's Funeral Parlour.
HER FINAL RESTING PLACE
Her service will leave the parlor at 12.30 p.m. to be interred at Ballymena Cemetery. Katherine's final resting place also happens to be where her husband, Barney, was buried.
Liam’s father passed away in 1988. For several months, the star’s mother had been ill after suffering a fall which she was recovering from at two different nursing homes.
LIAM IN THE US
Katherine was firstly at the Ballymoney nursing home before going to the Ballymena which is closer to her home in Kenvara. Reports state that Liam is in New York at his place.
The gravitas of Liam Neeson is such that it has ‘Taken’ his success to exceptional heights and honoured him with laurels. Wishing the glorious actor a very happy birthday!#LiamNeeson #HappyBirthdayLiamNeeson pic.twitter.com/1Q1AUOewXx— MN Plus | Gold Class (@mnplustv) June 7, 2020
GOING HOME FOR THE FUNERAL
Flight restrictions might prevent the star from being able to go pay his last respects to his mother. Tragedy seems to follow the actor just before he reaches a big milestone.
If you are looking for a present, I can tell you I don't have money, but as you're turning 68 today, Liam Neeson, I will tweet at you... my tweet will find you... and it will say... Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/ddjyvp67cY— Marshall Julius: Vintage Geek! (@MarshallJulius) June 7, 2020
LOSING HIS WIFE
In 1971, the actor left Queen's University Belfast and in May 2009, he was set to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the school. However, two months before the day, his wife, Natasha Richardson, died at age 45 from blunt force trauma.
Happy Birthday #LiamNeeson! He turns 68 today. His best include Schindler’s List (1993), Star Wars Ep I (1999), “Batman Begins” (2005), “Taken” (2008) & “The Commuter” (2018). He was ranked as the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” & “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time!”, pic.twitter.com/8DINTDoB8Y— INOX Leisure Ltd. (@INOXMovies) June 7, 2020
THE WIFE’S SURVIVORS
The actress fell while skiing at Quebec's Mont Tremblant. She was survived by her husband their two sons Michéal and Daniel.
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