One week after his death, the life and career of show-biz legend and American icon Bob Hope were celebrated at a Sunday Mass in the nation’s capital, reports the Associated Press.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington (a longtime friend of Bob and his widow, Dolores), presided over the memorial Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Dolores Hope, 94, was unable to attend but watched the service live on the Eternal Word Television Network, a Catholic organization that transmits internationally, says The Washington Post.
A large picture of a smiling Bob Hope was on display in the front of the church, before about 800 attendees. One of the Hope’s four adopted children, Kelly Hope, 57, greeted parishioners during the service and thanked them for coming.
“I know that dad is looking down saying, ‘Well, I just got another audience,'” he said. “Everyone loved my father, as he did everyone. He took all the time in the world for everyone else, and it’s nice for everyone to pay homage to him.”
“He was a man who really understood people’s feelings and what would make them smile and what would make them laugh,” said McCarrick.
Hope, 100, died July 27 at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif., and was interred Wednesday at a Catholic cemetery in Mission Hills after a small private service before about 100 people — immediate family members and close friends — at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, where on Aug. 27, another mass will be held, said to be by invitation only.
“A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Bob” is how the invitation reads. It was Fed Exed to guests last week.