Minister Who Wed Robin Williams and Susan Schneider Speaks After Actor's Death

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Minister Who Wed Robin Williams and Susan Schneider Speaks After Actor's Death
Sat 16-08-2014

An Irish-born minister who officiated the marriage of Robin Williams and Susan Schneider said he felt a bolt of sadness when news of his death broke.

Reverend Peadar Dalton said the actor his knew was a quiet, personal and friendly man, unlike the outgoing persona he watched on television.

Rev Dalton, who is originally from Tulsk in Roscommon, said the Hollywood star first introduced himself following a memorial service he officiated seven years ago.

"I was looking at him thinking ‘I know who you are’, but I was trying to put a name on him until he introduced," the minister said.

The actor’s office later contacted Rev Dalton to see if he was available to wed Williams and Ms Schneider, a graphic designer.

"When he came in to my office he was quiet, very personal, friendly, expressing gratitude for me being available to meet with them," he continued.

"He was very ordinary and down to earth and very involved with the preparation of the wedding ceremony, and very sensitive towards listening to Susan’s areas she wanted included in the wedding ceremony. Couldn’t be more gracious and couldn’t be more calm and just very appreciated and spoke about how much he loved visiting Ireland."

"My initial reaction was just a bolt of sadness went through my belly for the country," he said about hearing the news.

"There’s no way in God’s earth that we can have any idea what happens to a person in this situation unless we have walked in their shoes or unless we are inside their heart and inside Robin’s feelings and heart."