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Mourners pay respects to Orford dad who died 12 hours before son was born
Updated 11:02am Wednesday 30th April 2014 in News
HUNDREDS of mourners went to St Andrew’s Church in Orford today, Tuesday, to pay respects to Michael Coray.
The church was full, with friends and family stood at the back of the room, and outside.
Mike, also known by the surname Murray, died from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident, 12 hours before son Kylan Zane Michael Coray at Warrington Hospital.
The service today heard the 25-year-old would have been a ‘dedicated dad’ and that he will ‘live on’ in his newborn son.
In a message read during the funeral, girlfriend Gemma Louise-Dunne, aged 29, called him ‘my world, my everything’.
The mum-of-three said she knew the couple were ‘meant to be’ after swapping phone numbers in Warrington town centre.
Gemma, from Orford, remembered how important his hair style was to him, the fact it was never out of place meaning she called him ‘Lego head’.
Cousin Michelle Coulson, aged 32, from Orford said it was ‘fate’ she would be first on the scene of the fatal accident, so she could ‘lay with him’.
The former St Margaret’s Primary School pupil thought she was ‘indestructible’ because she would always help him in need.
She said she is no longer indestructible because her heart will always be broken.
Michelle, who described Mike as being like her brother, recalled family holidays when he was prone to accidents.
The former William Beamont High School pupil once suffered a broken toe in a foreign supermarket because a can of tinned goods was dropped on his foot.
Sister Stephanie, in a message read out by Michelle, said although 10 years younger, she felt like the ‘big sister’, as Mike would always go to her with his ‘ups and downs’.
She told the congregation she would miss her big brother looking after her.
The cortege this morning was lead by a white horse and carriage.
Mourners entered the church on Poplars Avenue as a Michael Jackson song played.
Hymns including Morning Is Broken and Amazing Grace were sung, before the congregation listened to a version of ‘How Do I Live’, written by Diane Warren.
‘Dear Darlin’’ by Olly Murs was played as the coffin was carried out, to be taken to Hill Cliffe cemetery, Red Lane, Appleton.
Police continue to investigate the crash on Poplars Avenue on April 9.
An Aprilia motorbike, ridden by Mr Coray, and black Ford Focus were involved.
Anyone with information can call Cheshire Police on 101, and quoting incident number 689 of April 9.