Illustrator releases fitting tribute to Frank ‘Fr Jack’ Kelly

A recent tribute to deceased actor Frank Kelly has been delighting internet audiences today.

Illustrator releases fitting tribute to Frank ‘Fr Jack’ Kelly

The beloved Irish actor, who famously played Fr Jack in the Father Ted series, was laid to rest in Dublin yesterday.

Kelly captured our hearts with his portrayal of the cantankerous cleric in the Channel 4 sitcom and many tributes have been paid since his death on Sunday.

Illustrator Jim (that’s all he goes by), who takes requests from fans for his Jim’ll Paint It Facebook page, was asked illustrate what it would be like for Fr Jack to disturb Fr Ted’s 18 years in heaven - a reference to the passing of Dermot Morgan in 1998.

"Hi Jim. I would love to see Father Ted’s peaceful 18 years in heaven being disturbed by the arrival of Father Jack being chased by glasses-stealing crows," asked fan James Sheppard.

Here’s what the Microsoft Paint expert from Bristol came up with.

We think Jim more than delivered and plenty of fans agree - his effort has been shared nearly 25,000 times on Facebook.

Even Father Ted creator Graham Linehan felt the illustration was a fitting tribute to both Kelly and Morgan.

Speaking to Jim said he’s been "blown away" by the reaction to the post.

"The reaction has been crazy, I’m blown away by it," said Jim.

"It’s been seen by over four million people, which I have to pinch myself about.

"This is something I used to do in my bedroom for my friends."

Jim started his illustrations three years ago and has amassed almost half a million followers on Facebook.

"I was hoping it would come across, but obviously I’m a massive fan of the show," continued Jim.

"It was really touching that Graham Linehan got in touch, I’m a huge fan of his too. He’s asked for a print and I will be sending that onto him."

Frank Kelly’s son Emmet even said at his funeral yesterday that his father would probably would be the first person to tell St Peter to "feck off" at the Pearly Gates.


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