A TEENAGE boy was hailed ‘the brightest star’ and a ‘Widnes legend’ at his funeral on Monday.
Hundreds packed into St Mary’s Church to say goodbye to 14-year-old Wade Deacon schoolboy Lewis Millward, also known as Edge, who died after fallling off the Silver Jubilee Bridge.
His parents, Lisa and Graeme, asked West Bank Boys Brigade, which played a big part in Lewis’s life, to lead his hearse through the streets.
They formed a guard of honour and sang ‘Amazing Grace’ as his coffin was carried into the church.
Two of his best friends paid moving tributes.
Rev Janice Collier, who officiated at the funeral, said: “His two friends were just wonderful for their age. They were really eloquent young men. They spoke off the cuff. I couldn’t believe it.
“They said he was gifted, talented, articulate, clever, musical and popular.
“They also said, let’s get on and live our lives.
“Lewis’s mum and dad wanted it to be a celebration of his life.
“I spoke about heaven and how Lewis is in heaven in a rock band. I said to his mum and dad that they are going to miss him. But they must hang on to the fact that he is safe with God.”
Pictures of Lewis as he grew up with his younger sister and brother were presented in a power point, put together by his family.
Wade Deacon deputy head teacher, Michelle Bacon, said we should mourn Lewis's loss, but also give thanks for the time we had with him.
His mum, Lewis Millward, posted on Facebook afterwards: “Today was one of the worst days in our lives but the send off Lewis got was amazing. BB was fantastic and adam and josh was so brave. Me and graeme are so proud of our son, the legacy he left is brilliant, perfect send off 4 a perfect boy, love u lew lew love mum and dad xxxxx