Tragic Stephen ‘shone so bright’

Funeral of Stephen Campbell at St Teresa's Church in Cleveleys.

Funeral of Stephen Campbell at St Teresa's Church in Cleveleys.

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Emotional tributes have been paid to a popular barber who “shone brightly in so many people’s lives.”

There was standing room only during Stephen Campbell’s funeral as hundreds of his family and friends packed into St Teresa’s Church, Cleveleys, to say their final goodbyes.

The 38-year-old died from injuries he suffered in a jet ski incident in Thailand on March 19.

Pallbearers wore Liverpool FC shirts to celebrate Mr Campbell’s fanatical support of the Merseyside club, while his coffin was painted red and emblazoned with the Anfield football team’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” slogan.

Deacon Bernard Ward conducted the service and led the tributes to the Layton barber.

He said: “Stephen is the star, the star that shone brightly in so many people’s lives, not least his family but the many of you that have turned up here today.

“A star that illuminated the hearts of so many people that it will be impossible to dim, even with the passing of time.

“Stephen was love. He loved his mum and dad. He loved his sister and he loved his whole family.

“He lived to love and loved to live.”

Mr Campbell’s father, Peter, spoke on behalf of the family. He said: “Stephen was very special to us.

“He was not only mine and Patsy’s son, he was also my best friend.

“He was much loved by all his family and friends, and I had no idea quite how many friends he had.

“But it’s a great source of comfort to see so many people here.”