Gogglebox star Di Kershaw split at funeral by grieving husband Mick

Di Kershaw enjoyed the fame he found late in life on Gogglebox Australia, happily posing for selfies with fans of the program.

He’s loved many things over his 77 years: shopping, junk gossip magazines, fashion and kombucha and vodka on the rocks in a wine glass.

But as mourners heard at the part-time TV star’s funeral in Sydney on Friday, most of all she is dedicated to her husband Mick, children Alex and Victoria and six-year-old grandson Harvey.

For those who know Di only from Gogglebox, he is a master of stylish dressing as he and Mick dissect television shows on their couch.

Gogglebox star Di Kershaw has parted ways at a funeral at Sydney Garrison Church in Millers Point.  Her husband and fellow Goggleboxer Mick Kershaw pictured at the service

Gogglebox star Di Kershaw has parted ways at a funeral at Sydney Garrison Church in Millers Point. Her husband and fellow Goggleboxer Mick Kershaw pictured at the service

Mick and Di Kershaw can't wait to sit on the couch for the newest season of Gogglebox Australia, which starts shooting this month.  Di's passing of stomach cancer on July 22 means Mick won't be continuing to appear on the program without him

Mick and Di Kershaw can’t wait to sit on the couch for the newest season of Gogglebox Australia, which starts shooting this month. Di’s passing of stomach cancer on July 22 means Mick won’t be continuing to appear on the program without him

In his speech Alex talked about his parents' love affair which started on the North Coast when Mick was 20 and Di was 17.  'Mick and Di are real lovers,' said Alex

In his speech Alex talked about his parents’ love affair which started on the North Coast when Mick was 20 and Di was 17. ‘Mick and Di are real lovers,’ said Alex

The art-dealing couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary last Thursday and have been together for 60 years.

Mick and Di have been on Gogglebox since its first season in 2015 and are one of the most recognizable participants in the Channel 10-Foxtel program.

Diane Lesley Kershaw died of stomach cancer at the age of 77 on July 22 and chose to separate in a plain wooden coffin at Garrison Church in Millers Point.

Son Alex, 45, and daughter Victoria, 43, came to the Anglican convention to celebrate a life well lived with their 80-year-old father.

In his speech Alex talked about his parents’ love affair which started on the North Coast when Mick was 20 years old and Di was only 17 years old.

“Mick and Di really are lovers,” said Alex.

Di's son Alex (2nd adult from left) and daughter Victoria (top) come to an Anglican service to celebrate a life well lived with their 80-year-old father (far right)

Di’s son Alex (2nd adult from left) and daughter Victoria (top) come to an Anglican service to celebrate a life well lived with their 80-year-old father (far right)

A mourner arrives for a funeral in Kershaw

Mourners from the art world celebrate life in Kershaw

Alex Kershaw says Mick and Di do everything together – film on Sunday nights, travel, collect art – and go out more nights a week than most of their hipster students.

After a long courtship they tied the knot in 1967, the same year Johnny Cash and June Carter released the classic Jackson country song.

“They got married in a fever, hotter than sprouts,” said Alex quoting the hit single’s opening lyrics.

The art professor describes how Mick and Di do everything together – film on Sunday nights, travel, collect art – and go out more nights a week than most of his hipster students.

‘Di’s friends all know he knows how to throw a good party,’ he said.

Alex recalls how his mother loved a glass of red wine – as any Gogglebox viewer would find out – ‘but she didn’t care if it was a $10 bottle or a $100 bottle’.

She is a woman who does not suffer from stupidity with pleasure and can be rude to anyone who gets in her way but cares deeply for everyone she loves.

A choir sings Abide with Me, Amazing Grace and Let it Be at the end of the service

A choir sings Abide with Me, Amazing Grace and Let it Be at the end of the service

Mick, 80, told Daily Mail Australia that 77-year-old Di fell ill about three months ago when he began to struggle with food.  He spent nine weeks at St Vincent's Hospital at Darlinghurst in downtown Sydney and his last two weeks at Sacred Heart Hospital.

Mick, 80, told Daily Mail Australia that 77-year-old Di fell ill about three months ago when he began to struggle with food. He spent nine weeks at St Vincent’s Hospital at Darlinghurst in downtown Sydney and his last two weeks at Sacred Heart Hospital.

“He likes to be in control and he’s not very happy if he’s not,” said Alex.

The service heard Di is an extrovert who stands out in any crowd. He doesn’t watch the evening news, believes in astrology and ‘manages’ food rather than cooking it.

He always seemed indestructible.

Alex tells a series of anecdotes that summarize his mother’s character from all stages of her life.

A naturally beautiful girl who had modeled as a teenager, Di described herself before meeting Mick as ‘a girl from Newport who can’t be caught’.

He was expelled from school at the age of 15 after being found at an art student party in the old Trocadero dance hall on George Street.

A natural beauty who had modeled as a teenager, Di described herself before meeting Mick as 'a girl from Newport who can't be caught' Mick is pictured far right

A natural beauty who had modeled as a teenager, Di described herself before meeting Mick as ‘a girl from Newport who can’t be caught’ Mick is pictured far right

'Cancer is spreading and inoperable,' says Mick.  'The only alternatives to it are chemo or radiation but he is too weak to undergo that.  In the bottom row, second from right, with the cast of Gogglebox Australia

‘Cancer is spreading and inoperable,’ says Mick. ‘The only alternatives to it are chemo or radiation but he is too weak to undergo that. In the bottom row, second from right, with the cast of Gogglebox Australia

On a 1976 trip to San Francisco she was approached by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell who wanted to buy her a Victorian evening gown. Di tells him he can’t have it.

‘Life is to live,’ he used to say.

‘There’s a vitality you could call infectious effervescent,’ says Alex. ‘She is a warrior queen running the talk.’

Being asked to appear on Gogglebox is an opportunity to discover new joys in old age which she and Mick embrace with all our hearts.

‘He loves being in the Gogglebox,’ said Alex.

Being asked to appear on Gogglebox is an opportunity to discover new joys in old age which she and Mick embrace with all our hearts.  'He loves being in Gogglebox,' said Alex's son

Being asked to appear on Gogglebox is an opportunity to discover new joys in old age which she and Mick embrace with all our hearts. ‘He loves being in Gogglebox,’ said Alex’s son

Mick and Di were approached to appear on the show by production scouts of EndemolShine at a cocktail party for the opening of the art exhibition in Paddington.

The pair were unfamiliar with the original British Gogglebox but scouts saw they had something in common that would appeal to local audiences.

Mick and Di didn’t think long about the offer. They have sold their Indigenous art galleries in Darlinghurst and Cairns and are having some free time in semi-retirement.

The couple grew close to the production staff who they invited into their lounge, welcomed the birth and attended the wedding of one of the members.

They’ve been looking forward to sitting back on the couch to appear in the next season of Gogglebox which starts airing on August 25th.

Di spent nine weeks at St Vincent’s Hospital at Darlinghurst in downtown Sydney and the last two weeks at the Sacred Heart Hospital next door.

He kept his terminal diagnosis a secret from everyone except those closest to the art partner.  The former model, who was unable to eat and was fed intravenously, spent her last days surrounded by family

He kept his terminal diagnosis a secret from everyone except those closest to the art partner. The former model, who was unable to eat and was fed intravenously, spent her last days surrounded by family

He kept his terminal diagnosis a secret from everyone except those closest to the family. “He’s strong-willed and he’s brave,” Alex said.

‘Mick will definitely miss being ordered around.’ He ‘gives lips’ until the end.

Mick previously told Daily Mail Australia that Di’s cancer was inoperable and he chose to stop being fed intravenously.

“Part of the decision was thinking about us,” he said. ‘Most of those decisions don’t want to put us through that.’

Filming for the next season of Gogglebox began earlier this month and Mick said he wouldn’t be doing the show without Di: ‘We were a couple’.

Di Kershaw was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2020 for his service to the visual arts

Di Kershaw was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2020 for his service to the visual arts

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