Hundreds say their farewell to loving man

Nathan Horsfall
Nathan Horsfall
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A MUCH-loved man was remembered for his “good nature, mischievous streak and generosity of spirit” at his funeral yesterday.

Nathan Horsfall died in a car crash on Burnley Road in Luddenden Foot last Wednesday after going out to buy a birthday present for his girlfriend.

Hundreds of people gathered at St Mary’s Church in Luddenden to bid a fond farewell to the 29-year-old, described as a “loving, kind and wonderful” man.

Abi Rawnsley, his girlfriend, said he was a loving boyfriend and was devoted to his family and friends.

A family friend and Nathan’s former babysitter described the close relationship between Nathan and his older brother Tim, saying it was a tragedy that they had been torn apart.

Mourners were asked to remember Nathan as music was played, firstly Angels by Robbie Williams, followed by Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits.

There were also pictures of Nathan from throughout his life with many of his family and friends shown on a screen at the front of the church.

His family said he was the happiest he had ever been when he died.

Reverend Martin Macdonald, who led the service, said: “Nathan will be remembered by different people in many different ways.

“You know how he was, many of you will have been mercilessly teased by him.

“All of you will have had some practical joke played out on you by Nathan.

“Many of you have been hugged by him and all of you loved him dearly.

“He had a mischievous streak, a twinkle in his eye as he insulted you.

“But you will have also seen his generosity of spirit.

“He was funny, gentle, often accident-prone but able to bounce back after any setback and always ready to help.

“Think of the good times, the funny times, the experiences and yes, the bad times too and in your remembering you will celebrate his life.”

Nathan was a former Calder High School pupil who was working as a carpet fitter for Russell Flooring Ltd and living in Sowerby Bridge.

Eighteen-year-old Luke Smith, who was a passenger in Nathan’s car, is still in a critical condition in hospital.