HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to say a final goodbye to Hillingdon boxing legend Kevin Finnegan.
The scale of the tribute was so great that not everybody was able to fit inside the crematorium, with dozens listening in from outside.
The funeral of the former British and European middleweight champion took place today (Tuesday) at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip.
Mr Finnegan, 60, was found dead at his home by police on October 23 following a glittering boxing career which saw him fight Marvin Hagler for the world title in Las Vegas twice.
Many of Mr Finnegan's former sparring partners attended the funeral, including former world boxing champion Alan Minter, 57, along with Kevin's many friends and family.
The coffin was bought to the crematorim by a horse drawn procession from A.V. Smith & Sons, in Royal Lane, Hillingdon.
Father Sean O'Toole, who led the funeral service, said: "Not everybody can fit in here today, but imagine this is the ring, and you had all paid for a seat- Kevin would have been loving it.
"Kevin had a real zest and energy for life, he touched people he hadn't even met."
Referring to Kevin's outstanding boxing career at the highest level which saw 35 wins from 47 fights and 13 of those by knockout, he said: "Any ignorant person can tell, that is pretty good."
Mr Finnegan's love for boxing and art were shown at the funeral with a boxing glove wreath and an unveiling of one of his paintings.
He loved to paint and had some of his work displayed at a national gallery in London.
Willie Draper, who grew up with Kevin, spoke at the the funeral and paid tribute to his artwork and fun loving disposition.
He said: "He gave van Gogh a run for his money. I first met Kevin when I was five years old, and in all these years I never saw him miserable, he was always the practical joker, he loved making people laugh."
Mr Draper entertained the hundreds of attendees with stories of Finnegan's practical jokes that he played in his youth, and how he was a daredevil on the motorbike.
Finnegan, who grew up in St Lawrence Close, Cowley, is survived by his two children Lisa and Dominic, and two grandchildren.
Lisa Bradley, Mr Finnegan's daughter, said: "He was a lovely man, a generous father and had a magical disposition about him. He never saw the bad in anybody.
"He was a beautiful man and will be sadly missed, a bit of colour has gone out of the world."
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