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Liam Neathey from Bury St Edmunds remembered with walk through the Mildenhall Estate and service at West Suffolk Crematorium





The family and friends of Bury St Edmunds teenager Liam Neathey have walked him off the Mildenhall estate for the final time before a funeral service filled with tears and laughter.

More than a hundred people walked behind Liam’s coffin as the procession made its way from his family home.

In a show of great strength Liam’s loved ones, including his mum Diane McEwan , carried his coffin into the service at West Suffolk Crematorium, as the Oasis song Champagne Supernova played - an emotional moment for many.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton

The service was led by Malcom Jeffery a funeral celebrant, who said the 16-year-old who battled cancer since the age of 11, had been taken far too soon.

In Liam’s eulogy, which was read by the celebrant, Diane said: “Since the day you were born you caused trouble but you were always the most beautiful most content little boy. “

The eulogy gave a glimpse into Liam’s character and incredible bond with brothers Rhys, 17, and Joshua, 14.

Diane remembered a time when Liam ‘a loveable little rogue’ persuaded his older brother to put him in the tumble dryer because he thought it would be funny.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton

She would also dread phonecalls from Liam’s school, Tollgate Primary, as he had a bit of reputation for bringing pigeons into school and cycling inside the building singing songs from the Disney film Frozen.

Despite this Diane said: “Every teacher and every pupil loved Liam, he had empathy beyond his years.”

She also recounted times when Liam would decide to pop into someone else’s garden for a cheeky bounce on a trampoline and bring random dogs home.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton

There was warm laughter as it was mentioned that Liam once raided a clothes bank and went for a stroll wearing knee high boots.

She said the teenager had been an unforgettable patient while undergoing cancer treatment and every nurse adored him with his laughter filling the halls of the hospital.

Liam’s love for his little sister Ella,10, and girlfriend Lilia, 15, was also mentioned within the eulogy.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton

The 16-year-old had been a mummy’s boy from a young age and Diane said: “It was always me and you Liam and it will always will be, I am honoured to be your mum.”

A photo tribute was played on screens in the crematorium as Dancing in the Sky by Dani and Lizzi was played.

Photos showed Liam as a newborn baby and as he grew up with his beloved brothers.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton

His loveable personality, curly blonde hair and smiles clear to see.

The tribute finished with a recent video clip of Liam laughing.

Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Funeral of Liam NeatheyPicture: Mecha Morton
Liam Neathey 2008 - 2024. Picture: Diane McEwan
Liam Neathey 2008 - 2024. Picture: Diane McEwan

Following prayers, singing and more tributes those that knew and loved Liam left the service to the poignant song Somewhere Only We Know by Keane.

They left red roses for him as they walked out into the sunshine.