Mourners packed out the chapel hall in Uxbridge for the funeral of Nick Sherwood on Friday (February 20).
Around 400 attended the service at Breakspear Crematorium wearing bright colours to reflect the bubbly 25-year-old’s colourful personality. It was followed by a wake at Uxbridge Golf Club in The Drive, where Nick’s family released dark and light blue balloons – the colours of his beloved Wycombe Wanderers.
Nick died in a collision in Colchester on February 8. His family have since launched a campaign calling on Essex County Council to switch on street lights in the road in which Nick was hit by a car as he walked home from a night out.
His funeral service included Abide With Me – the hymn traditional played each year before the FA Cup Final – and memories of Nick by his parents Heidi and Dave Sherwood, which was read by a family member.
There was also a tearful tribute written and read by his 13-year-old brother, Danny.
He told tearful mourners: “Nick was not just my brother, he was my best friend.
“He was always there for me when I needed him, and he could always make me smile, even in the saddest of times.
“No one will ever come close to replacing him, he was one in a million.
“You will be missed forever, but never forgotten... I love you so much and hope to see you at the gates of heaven one day.”
Afterwards mum Heidi said: “It was amazing and a very good send-off. I think about 400 people came and not everyone could get into the chapel.”
At the wake, friends and family also released Chinese lanterns in Nick’s memory.