Family and friends pay respects to Ryan

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HE WAS described as a football fanatic and an irreplaceable teenager who will be forever missed.

Yesterday, more than 200 friends and family paid their respects at the funeral of 19-year-old Ryan Kirk, of Kettering.

The teenager died when his Citroen Saxo collided with another car on the Warkton Road near Grafton Underwood on January 10.

Family, school friends and fellow Kettering Town supporters – many wearing a hint of red and white – were among the crowd of people at the emotional service at Kettering Crematorium.

Arriving in a black hearse, his coffin was surrounded by flowers which included floral tributes which shaped into Kettering Town shirts.

His coffin was then carried into the Albert Munn chapel closely followed by mourners to the sound of Best of You by the Foo Fighters.

There was not enough space for everyone to get in and many stood in the foyer and outside under shelter listening to speakers.

Toby Hunt, of funeral directors Crowsons, led the service before a tearful tribute from Ryan’s cousin Curtis Kirk.

He read out poems and messages chosen by family members for Ryan.

One said: “It has been hard for everyone but his life was one to celebrate, not to be mourned.”

From himself, Curtis then said: “He was just really a great lad.

“He’s not going to be missed because he never really went.

“Thank you everyone for coming here today.”

Mr Hunt then talked about Ryan’s life, starting from his birth at Kettering General Hospital, his schooling days at Windmill Primary School and then Manor School in Raunds.

He described how he achieved two A*s at B-tech level and turned down the chance to go to university for a year, instead wanting to earn some money and take a break.

As well as closely following Kettering Town he played football for Thrapston and skittles for Woodford and Raunds.

He said: “We grieve that he is no longer with us, but we know he will live on with us.”

Poems by Cecil Day Lewis and Char March were read out.

You Look Good On The Dance Floor by Arctic Monkeys was played before You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers ended the service.

The mourners then walked out of the chapel followed last by Curtis.

Outside they huddled and read floral tributes left by family and friends including father Richard.

He said: “My lovely wonderful son, my heart is broken.

“I love you so very much, you may have gone but you will live in my heart forever until we meet again.”

Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Filer also died in the car crash which claimed Ryan’s life last week.

A message on flowers from her family said: “Ryan, look after our baby girl.”

Charlotte’s funeral will be at the crematorium on Tuesday.