A FRIEND of many, enemy of none.
This was just one of the touching tributes to Paolo Sicorello as hundreds came to say their last goodbyes at his funeral on Thursday, February 17.
Family members and friends filled St Andrew’s Church in Great Linford to pay their final respects to the 34-year-old.
Paolo’s coffin was carried into the church – filled with around 150 people – by his brothers, close friends and his father, Vince, as hundreds more listened to the service on speakers outside.
Inside the church Alf Sicorello, Phil Espey and Paolo’s nieces Carrie and Sophie gave heartfelt and emotional tributes to their friend, uncle and brother.
Brothers in Arms was then played before Paolo was carried out of the church to the fitting song, Time to Say Goodbye.
After the service Paolo was laid to rest in the churchyard before people were invited to a wake at the Nag’s Head pub where a marquee was erected in the garden.
Paolo went missing after drinking in the Giffard Park pub on January 9 – just two days before his birthday.
His body was found on Sunday, February 6, after an intensive four-week search.
After the funeral Alf thanked to all those who had helped in the search for Paolo and those who had offered their support to him and his family.
He said: “We are so grateful to those who gave up countless hours to search for Paolo and who barely slept some nights.
“There were some days we would search before work, then go to work, then come home, barely eat anything, then go back out again. And there were dozens that did that as well and we are grateful to everyone of them.”
Alf also reserved a special thank you to Murrays the Printers, for producing 20,000 leaflets for free to help in the family’s appeal to find Paolo.
Alf added: “They were so gracious. Every time we tried to offer them money they turned it down. We are grateful to them for their support at what was a very difficult time.”
People can still make any donations in memory of Paolo to St Andrew’s Church and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital – care of funeral directors HW Mason’s.