Snow Patrol front man Gary Lightbody's father has died after battling dementia for years.

Jack Lightbody, who provided the title of one of the band's biggest hits, was "a legend" who created happy memories for so many, his singer-songwriter son said.

The funeral was held on Christmas Eve and Lightbody posted details on his Instagram account on Friday, the Press Association reports.

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He said: "I don't know what life looks like without him, I can't even comprehend it, but he'll be in my heart and all my family's hearts for the rest of our lives."

Snow Patrol went from struggling indie outfit to global success with their hit Chasing Cars, which was inspired by a line Jack used to say to his son when Gary went out socialising in the hope of finding love.

Founding member Lightbody wrote the tracks Soon, I Think Of Home and Lifening about his father.

Gary Lightbody

He paid tribute to a man who he said had taught and given him so much.

He said: "He was the funniest man I've ever known.

"Even in the depths of his dementia he could still be as sharp and hilarious as ever at times."

His father made his friends laugh, he said.

"I'm so glad that all of people's memories of him seem to be of happy times."

Jack’s wife Lynne looked after him in his illness for years and the singer said her strength has been a mighty thing to behold.

"She is a titan," he added.

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