150 family members and close friends gathered on Tuesday in a Synagogue in North London’s Edgware area to say goodbye and pay tribute 27-year-old soul singer Amy Winehouse.
In a moving eulogy, Winehouse’s father Mitch read “Goodnight my angel. Sleep tight. Mommy and Daddy love you ever so much.”
Her father’s eulogy was “funny.” He was “telling stories about her childhood, people were laughing like a celebration – like they all remembered the stories themselves.
The hour-long memorial service, meant to celebrate the Grammy winner’s life, was partially in Hebrew because of her Jewish heritage. “It was emotional, it was happy and it was sad,” her rep said. “It was everything really.” One mourner told People, “It was very moving yet quite very humorous at times. It was a wonderful tribute to Amy.”
When the memorial closed at 1:15 p.m., Carole King’s “So Far Away,” one of Winehouse’s favorite songs that she had once performed as a duet with her father, was played. “Mitch encouraged everyone to sing to it and they did,” the rep told People. “People sang.”
Mourners then headed to the Golders Green crematorium, where the family is following custom by having Winehouse cremated. “I think because her grandmother was cremated at the same place, so it was a family tradition to be cremated,” the rep told People.
Shiva, a Jewish grief custom, starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and guests were seen holding postcard-sized invitations with a black-and-white picture of Winehouse on them.
Among the crowd were good friends Mark Ronson (producer of her 2006 hit album Back to Black) and Kelly Osborne.