HUNDREDS of friends are due to turn out to the funeral of a man who died on a beach while on a stag weekend.
The mother of Jez Griffiths, of Nutwick Road, in Havant, said she is expecting a minimum of 300 people at his funeral next week.
Pauline Griffiths, 57, of Balmoral Close, in Gosport, paid tribute to her son, who returned this year from Australia to live with his dad Huw, 63, in Havant.
As previously reported in The News, Jez, 31, was found collapsed by a member of the public at 2am on Saturday, May 11 at Town Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall.
He had been on a stag weekend with friends.
Mrs Griffiths said: ‘He was fun-loving, he had a wicked sense of humour – he would take the mickey out of everyone but could take it as well.
‘He was a lad’s lad – he went out on stag nights, anything for fun.
‘The weekend [he died] was awful but then when you think what he’s done with his life then you’ve got to take the positives out of it.
‘If I’d done as much as he had by his age... it’s just amazing.
‘He’s been all over the world and he had a huge number of friends he’d got through the various activities he’s done over the years.
‘He’s been to Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Las Vegas, Magaluf, Ibiza and all round different places in Australia.’
Jez is survived by his brother David, 29, who lives in Australia, and grandmother, Joyce Evans, 85.
Jez, who worked in recruitment, left for Australia in 2009 when the firm he worked for folded but returned after discussing coming back to the area with his mum.
Last Wednesday friends visited the site where he died to pay tribute and try to understand what happened.
Mrs Griffiths said: ‘Nobody knows exactly what happened, they were all coming back to the hotel.
‘They think he’s gone the wrong way and he slipped on a little incline down to the beach and just tragically hit his head in the wrong place.’
More friends are due to visit the spot at the beach in Newquay on Friday to pay their respect.
Mrs Griffiths said her son had stayed in touch with many people from Bourne Community College, in Emsworth, which he attended after leaving Bosmere Junior School, in Havant.
She added that he had made plenty of friends through playing football and running.
The funeral will be at Portchester Crematorium next Wednesday at 3.30pm.