Hundreds pay respects to popular brothers

Irthlingborough people lined the town’s High Street to pay their respects to brothers Jay and Rik Dhesi this morning (Saturday, January 12).

A marching band procession, which was followed by the brothers’ family and friends, passed through the town before their funeral service was held at Kettering Crematorium.

The funeral of Jay and Rik Dhesi

The funeral of Jay and Rik Dhesi

The two brothers who lost their lives in an accident on the A6.

Jay 23, and Rik, 30, died instantly after colliding with another car on Sunday, December 30.

Hundreds of people attended their funeral service, including American football players – Jay was a talented American football player, coaching Northampton University side Northampton Nemesis, and playing for Peterborough Saxons.

Their family and friends paid tribute to the brothers, who were described as “close friends” who always looked after each other.

One friend said: “Rik was a perfect friend; fun loving, easy going and he always found time for everyone. With Rik, a problem shared was usually a problem solved.

“He always lived for the moment and was spontaneous.”

Another said: “Rik was always the one to make the effort to keep us together as a group of friends.”

Speaking about Jai’s passion for American football, one friend said: “American football was his passion. He ate, slept and breathed the sport.

“He liked to make a statement and stand out. He had pink gloves, socks and even pink hair.

“Some games, he would be phenomenal, and he took being the captain in his stride.”

A touching tribute was also read out on behalf of the brothers’ nieces and nephews.

A service also took place at the Sikh Temple following the service at the crematorium.