Mourners remember David

HUNDREDS of mourners were expected to gather today for the funeral of a popular Ipswich Town fan.The sudden and unexpected death of David “Flash” Jay has left his family and friends in deep shock.

HUNDREDS of mourners were expected to gather today for the funeral of a popular Ipswich Town fan.

The sudden and unexpected death of David “Flash” Jay has left his family and friends in deep shock.

David was just 33 years old when he suffered a brain haemorrhage after watching Ipswich Town play in Blackpool earlier this month.

His devastated family had been coming to terms with the death of his grandmother, Florence Smith, when the tragedy occurred.

But they have been overwhelmed by messages of support and the knowledge that at least 450 people were expected to attend his funeral at St Augustine's Church in Bucklesham Road, Ipswich.

His mother Rosie Jay, of Westbury Road, Ipswich, said: “He touched so many people's lives. It definitely wasn't a waste of life because he lived it to the full.

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“We are dreading the funeral. Each day as it gets nearer it is horrendous.

“We are struggling to get through, but we have had about 250 cards and flowers. You can't put it into words.”

During the service, his aunt, Sarah Chisnall-Jay, was due to read a poem about David's life while great-aunt Margaret Cawston was planning to read out Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.

Tributes were also going to be given by two close friends, Scott Watson and Robert Parker, who have known him since they were young kids.

Another eulogy was also set to be read out by Donna Barter, who knew him through his time at the Brickmaker's pub in Spring Road, where he played in the football team and was often heard singing karaoke.

David was a big Oasis fan so the family have arranged to play Champagne Supernova before ending the service with Chas and Dave's humorous song Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit.

The family said they were also expecting a message from the England football team.

After the service, David was set to be cremated at Ipswich Crematorium with his season ticket and Ipswich Town flag before a wake at the St Clement's Hospital club in Foxhall Road.

Mrs Jay said: “We are viewing it as a celebration of his life.”

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