More than 500 people gathered to pay tribute at the funeral of a bighearted family man who died suddenly at the age of 37.
Martin Phillips, of Burnham Avenue, Ickenham, left behind his partner of eight years and a son who is nearly two years old. The cause of his death has not yet been confirmed.
Mr Phillips was an avid football fan who followed Chelsea at home and away across Europe, and was also a keen skier.
Former Premiership footballer Neil Shipperley, a lifelong friend, was one of the six funeral bearers at the service on Thursday in St Martin's Church, Eastcote Road, Ruislip.
Sarah Simms, 32, who had been engaged to Mr Phillips for two years after meeting at the gym in Stockley Park in 2001, said: "The support I've had has been overwhelming.
"I was amazed at the number of people who came to the funeral. I'd like to say thank-you to everybody.
"Martin was a very funny man, everybody loved his sense of humour, he was a real mickey-taker. He had friends everywhere - we even went on holiday to Thailand once and were stopped by someone he knew from Uxbridge, he was that sort of guy."
Mr Phillips, a roofer, also had a big interest in photography and enjoyed taking pictures and recording family videos of his young son Oliver, who will be two on March 20.
Born in Perivale, he grew up in Cambridge Road, Uxbridge, spending 22 years there in total. In later life he was a regular visitor with his son to the Ickenham Miniature Railway, and was already planning for Oliver's second birthday.
A season ticket holder at Stamford Bridge, Mr Phillips' coffin was adorned with a signed shirt from the entire Chelsea first team.
All are welcome to attend a celebration of Mr Phillips' life on Friday, May 29 from 7pm at GAA Sports and Social Club, West End Road, Ruislip.
* Anyone wishing to donate to baby Oliver's fund can contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org