Hundreds gather to say farewell

Thursday, 31 August 2017

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PORTSTEWART came to a standstill on Monday as hundreds of family and friends gathered to say a final, fond farewell to Craig Church.
Following a heart-wrenching three weeks since his death in China, the 27-year-old popular Portstewart man was finally brought home and laid to rest.
Known as a friend to all that knew him, Craig's funeral service at The Church of St John the Baptist Agherton Parish was so well attended that mourners spilled out of the church and on to the street, a testimony to the many lives he had touched.
Craig had been working as an English Language teacher in Rui'an and is understood to have died after falling down a number of stairs in the apartment block where he lived on August 8.
Working closely with the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust and liaising with the Chinese authorities, Craig's family were able to bring his body home three weeks after his death.
Rev. Stephen Fielding, who led the service, read a Eulogy which had been composed by his loving sister Carrie and the rest of the family.
Born August 15, 1989, Craig was described as a 'content and happy baby' and often his mother Rhonda reflected on how she and Craig's father, Ian, would check on Craig's cot and almost always discovered him 'lying peacefully and smiling.'
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