Hundreds gather for Flintshire crash victim’s funeral

Reporter:

Matt Jones

HUNDREDS of mourners gathered yesterday to say a moving farewell to young Jordan Evans.

The 11-year-old from Mancot, who was killed in a one-vehicle crash on the A55 at the end of April, was buried after a tearful ceremony at St Deiniol’s Church in Hawarden.

Mum Karen, 36, and sister Levi, 18, supported each other as they walked tearfully behind Jordan’s coffin, which was carried by members of the family and draped in a flag bearing the emblem and colours of Liverpool FC.

Paul Carter, Jordan’s form tutor at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, paid tribute describing him as a “confident and popular” young man who used to save sweets for four-year-old sister Lilly May.

He said: “He was a very caring young man. A sorry from Jordan was one of the most sincere apologies you could get. Jordan never let me down. He made a lasting impact on my life and the form. He will always be a part of the form, I was proud to be his form tutor.”

Children from Jordan’s former school, Sandycroft Primary School, chose the hymn Colours of Day while pupils at Jordan’s high school picked I Watch the Sunrise.

The Rev Paulette Gower led the service, which included prayers and a reading from the Gospel of John, described it as a “celebration” of Jordan’s life.

She said: “He was loved and respected by so many. He hated any injustice and was the first to rush in and help. He never realised how special he was and how much he meant to so many. He has left a mark that will always be there.”

A poem written by Levi describing Jordan’s gorgeous eyes and cheeky smile was read out by his aunt.

Mourners, including children from both schools, wore a mixture of traditional dress, red and white colours and Liverpool FC shirts and scarves in honour of Jordan’s love for the club.

His coffin, which was brought to the funeral in a horse and carriage decorated in red and white, was carried out of the church to You’ll Never Walk Alone followed by grieving family members and friends.

Donations were given to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, where Lilly May was treated for serious back injuries after the crash.

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