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Mass memorial for Bob Hope
Kelly Hope attends a memorial to his father Bob
Kelly Hope attended the memorial to his father Bob
A memorial service for Bob Hope has been held a week after his death, at a church where he donated a chapel.

The mass was presided over by the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore E McCarrick, who had been friends with the Hope family for 30 years.

Hope's youngest son Kelly also gave a speech at the memorial, held at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

"I know that dad is looking down saying, 'Well, I just got another audience,"' said Kelly Hope.

"Everyone loved my father, as he did everyone."

Hope, who died on 26 July at the age of 100, was buried on Wednesday in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.

More than 800 people packed into the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pay tribute to the actor and comedian's life and career, with a picture of a smiling Hope on display.

In 1994, Bob Hope and his wife Dolores donated the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope of Pontmain, France, to the church in honour of his mother.


Bob and Dolores Hope in 1998
Bob Hope was married to Dolores for nearly 70 years
"Not just because of the name, but I guess also because of the great devotion of Mrs Hope, Bob and Dolores agreed to put this chapel in," Cardinal McCarrick said.

"He was a man who really understood peoples' feelings and what would make them smile and what would make them laugh."

Thanking everyone for attending the service, Kelly Hope said: "He took all the time in the world for everyone else, and it's nice for everyone to pay homage to him."

Anthony J Principi, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs representing President George Bush at the service, paid tribute to Hope's dedication to military troops.

"Bob's enthusiasm for life and passion for his work spoke of a remarkable man, a champion of American principles and ideals, and a steadfast advocate of those who so gallantly defended them."

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