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Crowds gather at funeral of Alan 'Bundy' Clare
12:22pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
ST Elphin’s Church was packed with mourners today, Thursday, who gathered to pay their respects to Alan ‘Bundy’ Clare.
All seats in the large church were full, with well-wishers also stood as the town turned out for a memorable send-off.
Some dressed in t-shirts made in honour of the 34-year-old, while others wore the Bank Quay Bulls strip he played in for 15 years.
Friends who spoke during the service asked for Mr Clare’s ‘cheekiness and smile’ to be remembered.
Chris Connolly, a close friend since the two attended St Augustine’s Primary School in Latchford as children, said all of the ‘great memories’ should be celebrated.
‘Bright Eyes’ by Art Garfunkel was played as the coffin was brought in, a nod to a midwife who after delivering Mr Clare admired his shining eyes.
Rev Paul Wilson, Rector of Warrington, asked guests to stand and start the service with a round of applause.
The service heard how the former Cardinal Newman High School pupil wanted to be a bus driver as a child.
He memorised the bus timetables in Warrington and when on holiday in Wales would ride the caravan park bus until he was told to get off.
Mr Clare of Cabul Close, Orford, died while on holiday in Benidorm on a stag weekend in September, after falling from a balcony.
Rev Wilson said friends had described him laughing and joking on the day he died, having a ‘brilliant day’.
‘Champagne Supernova’ by Oasis was played, before the coffin was taken from the church for a burial at Fox Covert cemetery.
Mourners rose again to applaud as the service finished.
Family asked all guests to sign cards when leaving so they would know who attended, and contributed to the huge fundraising effort for repatriation.
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