Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Dan Mercer -funeral and obituary.

Posted in Dan Merecer Funeral by sheelanagigcomedienne on May 8, 2012

The funeral for Dan was held on Thursday 26th April 2012 at Lambeth Crematorium. Dan was born and brought up in Battersea having gone to Latchmere Primary and Sir Walter St. John’s Grammar School in Battersea High Street. He was musical and artistic having taken a foundation course in Art and Design and playing traditional British Folk music palying guitar. he was with a band called the PAINTSTRIPPERS  for ten years and they had a regular slot at the Prince of Denmark West Norwood for several years. I certainly remember him from sessions at The Napier, St John’s Hill in the eighties.

He was a great festival goer- Womad and Glastonbury being favourites. He also worked for 10 years in the Box Office of Jongleurs Comedy Club where he made some good friends. I met Dan with Aengus and his friend Alex in The Mess last October. It happened to be the night that I had appeared on 4thought TV and the connection was made with Dan about Humanism and him being a fan of Dawkins. I had been told by Aengus that Dan had cancer. About a week before Dan died he had asked Aengus to get in touch with me and I went to see Dan the following day in Trinity Hospice as he wanted me to take his funeral service. It is always a very emotional time being with someone who is dying.

The tributes from his friends were very touching. It was evident that he was loved and appreciated as gentle and loyal friend. He had a a black and white border collie called Mollie for 17 years who was buried in his garden. My ‘Oh bit from his obit’ is that his cats were called Shroedinger, Benjamin Von Heisenberg and Kylie Lavoisier- all named after scientists.


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