Jason's funeral open to everyone

LOVING family members of tragic Jason Hadley have today said his funeral is open to all those that knew him.Caroline Hadley, the mother of the 24-year-old who died in Ghana, wants to let people know that they are all welcome at her son's funeral, which takes place at noon on October 11 at St Augustine's Church, Ipswich.

LOVING family members of tragic Jason Hadley have today said his funeral is open to all those that knew him.

Caroline Hadley, the mother of the 24-year-old who died in Ghana, wants to let people know that they are all welcome at her son's funeral, which takes place at noon on October 11 at St Augustine's Church, Ipswich.

This will be followed by a reception for family and friends.

The Evening Star yesterday published it was a private funeral but it will in fact be an open service.


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The 24-year-old, who had a four-year-old son Roman, died on September 13 in Accra, Ghana, though the exact circumstances around his death remain a mystery.

Tributes have been pouring in for the former Copleston High School student via the social networking site, Facebook, and The Evening Star's website.

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A message, which appears to be from Roman's mother, said: “I have just spoken with Jason's mum and can confirm that the funeral is open to anyone who knew and loved Jason and would like to attend. There shall be a reception held afterwards at Newton Road Conservative Club for family and friends.

“Jason was a cheeky, cheerful character and far from quiet. All of us who knew him will know that he would want us to celebrate his life and give him the good send-off he deserves. He still lives on in our hearts and our memories and, of course, in our son, Roman.”

Mr Hadley had gone to Ghana to work as an electrician for a company, which had given him work previously on the Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 project and in Norway, but returned to Ipswich regularly. It is believed the work in Ghana was linked to an oil company.

He had recently bought a house in Fircroft Road, which he was doing up for him and his four-year-old son Roman to live in.

Mr Hadley's friends are now working together to raise money for a memorial to him, possibly in the grounds of Copleston High. They are thinking about having a bench with a plaque in the old school grounds.

One of his friends, Daniel Searle, said: “I cant believe that it is actually true. Jason wasn't one of my best friends but we always got on well and had a laugh- that is what I will remember. Hard to think that won't happen again.

“He was a legend.”

Donations if desired can be made payable to E.A.C.H (East Anglian Children's Hospices) c/o East of England Co-Operative Funeral Service, 47, St Helen's Street, Ipswich, IP4 2JL.

Do you want to pay tribute to Jason Hadley? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

Jason was one of the best, funny, caring, helpful. Just an all round top guy. Was my old apprentice at work, spent many good times together. Love you mate.

Andy Howes, Ipswich

A great friend and work colleague. Sadly missed by all friends who just had privilege to meet Jason in Ghana. RIP.

Peter McBeath, Newcastle Upon Tyne

I went to school with Jason and he was a funny guy who made everyone laugh. My thoughts are with his family. RIP Jason x

Kylie Garrard, Ipswich

A magnetic personality, oozed confidence and charisma. J will be dearly missed. Words cannot describe this guys effect on our lives. RIP buddy.

Damien Palmer, Ipswich

May your son always be so proud of how you worked so hard to give him a nice home.

A, Ipswich.

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