Paddy Doherty kept his hand on his father's coffin throughout the service
Mourners joined the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and Celebrity Big Brother star to say goodbye to Simon Doherty, remembered as the "father of all travellers", at a service at St Michael's Church in Ashtead.
More than a dozen silver Rolls Royces, each bearing the Irish tricolour, lined up outside the church.
The coffin was emblazoned with the colours of the Irish flag and the message: "Simon Doherty – blacksmith, King of all Doherty’s (sic)”.
Paddy Doherty said: "He was like Mafia in his own way, not in a bad way – any trouble they would go to him.
"He was like the godfather – what he said was law.
"He said I want no one crying at my funeral, I want them happy, singing and get them drunk."
Hundred of mourners gathered at St Michael's church in Ashtead
Simon Doherty told Paddy that he wanted everyone to be happy at the funeral
The 58-year-old former bare knuckle fighter sat with his hand resting on his father's coffin throughout the service and tributes, which included video footage of the dead man in a horse race and a group of Irish dancers.
He was like the godfather – what he said was law
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"He wasn't an average man – he was outstanding, a great man," he added.
"Everything had to be five stars for him, he lived the best and was the best.
"My poor mother – her heart is devastated, her heart is broken.
Paddy Doherty said his father was like the Godfather
More than a dozen Rolls Royces lined up outside the church
"I'm so grateful how many people have turned out – we just want everything to go well, everything has to be tremendous and over the top."
Close family members wore red ties, his favourite colour, which they will throw into his grave. Floral tributes were laid on the altar in the shape of an Irish shamrock, bottles of whisky, pint of Guinness and a Rolls Royce.
The coffin was driven away in a silver Rolls Royce hearse.