The apotheosis of the uitvaartplechtigheid for jazz legend Toots Thielemans in la hulpe Saturday was the which standing ovation at the end of the service echoed in the St. Nicholas church and which later was repeated when the hearse with the coffin with the top harmonica to the cemetery of la hulpe reed.
It was Veerle Van de Poel of the managementsbureau of the artist, who in her acceptance speech, called Tootsvoor the last time “thing where he so enjoyed: a standing ovation”. Then echoed inside the church, but also in the square outside, an enthusiastic applause of more than three full minutes.
The service had previously been several times interrupted for applause each time a number of Thielemans echoed through the geluidsinstalatie. The standing ovation was, incidentally, spontaneously, in a powerful version of the American anthem. The US was now once Toots his adopted second homeland. The country also where he great triumphs achieved, and where he wereldvedetten on stage and on albums together, played together.
A final round of applause echoed in the church Square of la hulpe, when the chest – on top of the inseparable harmonica in the ceremoniewagen was pushed to the final trip to the cemetery to leave. Many hundreds of people, many Terhulpenaars, remained for a few minutes applaud for their Toots.
On the herdenkingsprentje is a picture of Toots with harmonica in characteristic pose during a concert, and inside the card the inscription “Between a smile and a tear”, the motto of Jean “Toots” Thielemans. (Belga)
Also the beiaardiers bring a tribute to Toots Thielemans