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Final farewells to holiday victim

PUBLISHED: 11:15 17 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

TO the sound of Robbie Williams soulful classic Angels, tragic Suffolk tourist Daniel Williams is due to be buried in Stowmarket today.

P2 lead with secondary file pic of daniel williams in fotostation

BY James Fraser

james.fraser@ecng.co.uk

TO the sound of Robbie Williams soulful classic Angels, tragic Suffolk tourist Daniel Williams is due to be buried in Stowmarket today.

And it will be with a lot of love and affection that his many friends and grieving family say goodbye after the fun-loving 27-year-old died in a holiday prank that went tragically wrong late last month.

The computer design engineer fell to his death as he was attempting to jump from one balcony to another at his hotel in the Cyprus resort of Ayia Napa. In a typical show of friendship say pals, he was only trying to surprise fellow holidaymakers with a T-shirt memento of their trip.

Those close friends who shared his final days under the Mediterranean sun will be joined by team mates from Needham FC 'A' Team and Sunday side Northam Celtic where Mr Williams was a keen and leading player.

In a final gesture of camaraderie, they were to bear his coffin into St Peter's and St Mary's Church on Milton Road as Elton John's Candle in the Wind was played on the piano, a poignant musical comment on a life cut cruelly short.

The Stowmarket church was chosen by Mr Williams' parents Linda and Gerard because they thought the church in their home village of Battisford would not be big enough for their hugely popular son, a former student at Luton University.

Three friends, Matthew Elliott, Gavin Johnson and Craig Dooston were due to give readings recounting the numerous happier memories and many moments of humour that Mr Williams spread among all those who knew him.

His sister Melissa, 29, was due to give a reading from John 14, verses 1 to 6, beginning "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God and believe in me".

As cousin to Mr Williams' mother Linda, the Rev Christine Everett, vicar of the parishes of Little and Great Bealings, Playford and Culpho, was due to be leading the service.

She told The Evening Star yesterday that the passage was about trust in times of difficulty.

"In these situations we have to trust because we can't make sense of what happens. If we can do that we can be comforted.

"He was a very active young man," she added. "He packed a lot into his 27 years that some of us might not manage at all."

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