Standing ovation at funeral

Family and friends wear blue and white as they attend the funeral of Sean Fleming
Family and friends wear blue and white as they attend the funeral of Sean Fleming

A POPULAR Wigan DJ who lost his battle with cancer was given a standing ovation at his funeral.

As Sean Fleming’s coffin was carried out of St Matthew’s Church, in Highfield, his family and friends gave a heartfelt clap to show their respect, whilst Puff Daddy’s Adagio For Strings was played.

The 27-year-old from Pemberton died of testicular cancer on Friday July 5 - the day he originally intended to marry his wife, Toni-Anne before they brought the wedding forward to May.

Hundreds of mourners were dressed in blue and white to honour his love of Everton FC, and led by Toni-Anne, his mum and stepdad, Sharon and Simon Tudor, dad, Stephen Fleming, sister and brother-in-law Stacey and Garry Heath, and nan, Rita Biggs, entered the church to the sounds of Emeli Sande’s Clown.

Rev Stephen Mather conducted the service, which included a poem, God Saw You Getting Tired, and hymns.

Rev Mather said: “Sean was very much a gentle giant, who loved nothing more than playing with his two sons, Theo, two, and Reid, one, probably because he was a kid at heart.

“He was very brave and courageous throughout his illness and was always smiling.

“He had lots of friends and they were important to him.

“The most important thing in his life was his family - they were everything to Sean.

“He has been described as a brilliant husband, dad, son, brother and grandson, which is a tribute to any man.”

Rev Mather spoke of how Sean was a regular DJ in the bounce scene, and was a resident at Wigan Pier.

He added that Sean enjoyed being a DJ, supporting Everton and eating - which raised a few laughs.

He mentioned that the former Deanery High School pupil became an apprentice electrician with Tate Security at the age of 16 and he played rugby for St Cuthberts, which was marked by a shirt on his coffin.

After the service, Sean was taken to Howe Bridge Crematorium for cremation.