Mourners turned out to pay their last respects to one of the fisherman found dead on a fishing boat earlier this month.
Around 200 family and friends of Edward Ide gathered at St Cuthbert’s Church, in Amble, to say goodbye to one of the town’s most popular characters.
The bodies of father-of-one Edward, known as Eddie or Sloppy, and his friend and colleague Mark Arries were found in their beds onboard their boat as they were moored at Whitby Harbour on January 15.
Yesterday, Eddie’s devastated mother Gail and partner Lee, father Tony and partner Jane, siblings Shannon, 12, Robson, 14, Connor, 18 and Tony, 20, and girlfriend Sarah-Louise Tait were joined by family and friends to say their goodbyes to a beloved son, brother and partner.
A wreath of flowers with the word ‘Dad’ were poignantly displayed inside the hearse, while a wreath in the shape of an anchor was laid on top of the 21-year-old’s coffin.
Oasis’s Don’t Look Back in Anger was played as the coffin was brought into a packed church, where every seat was taken and many were standing.
Rev Mike Dent, from Acklington and Warkworth parish, led the service and recalled a fond family memory of when Eddie was five and decided to paint numbers of the side of his neighbour’s home before trying to lay the blame on his 12-month-old brother Connor.
Holding back the tears, Eddie’s partner Sarah-Louise, the mum of his four-month-old son Charlie, gave an emotional speech about her life with the keen fisherman.
In it, she said that her life “fell apart” on January 15 and that she’d only yesterday received the keys for the new house they were supposed to be sharing as a family.
She said: “You will forever hold a special place in mine and Charlie’s heart.”
The 30-minute service was brought to a close by prayers and the coffin was led out to Jonny Cash’s song Ring of Fire, which was one of Eddie’s favourite to perform on karaoke.
After the cremation at Blyth Crematorium, the family met at the Bede Street Club, in Amble, to celebrate Eddie’s life.
Having started fishing at a young age, Eddie was a talented angler and was Amble Sea Angling Club’s junior champion a number of times.
Aside from fishing, which he always wanted to do, Eddie played in the Blyth and District Pool League, and enjoyed darts.