Funeral will be celebration of fisherman’s life

TRAGIC Jason Matthews and, inset, Perry Morgan
TRAGIC Jason Matthews and, inset, Perry Morgan
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HUNDREDS of mourners are expected at the funeral of a young fisherman killed in a car crash.

Jason Matthews, 23, died instantly when his car came off West Lane, in Hayling Island, overturned and collided with a tree.

Perry Morgan

Perry Morgan

His friend Perry Morgan, 21, from Cowplain, died alongside him.

Mr Matthews’ family have arranged a fitting send off for the young man who loved the sea and hoped to save lives by joining Hayling RNLI.

A horse and carriage will take his coffin from the family home in Haslemere Gardens, Hayling Island on Friday, along the seafront and through Mengham to St Mary’s Church.

His brother Scott, 25, said: ‘We are going to take him on one last journey through Mengham.

‘We’re expecting around 400 people so speakers will be put up outside for those who can’t get in.

‘Because my brother was a fisherman his boat is going to be moored up outside the Ferryboat Inn where we are holding the wake.

‘It will be moored up in the morning and then in the afternoon we will take it right outside the pub.

‘We want everyone who knew and cared about my brother to be at the funeral.

‘A week before he died he went in to join the RNLI.

‘Our family have a real connection with them because my dad has been rescued a few times by them.

‘Jason had been fishing since he left school at 16 and he was doing really well.

‘The fishing community is very tightknit. I think half the Portsmouth Camber are coming on Friday.’

Mr Matthews’ family are still coming to terms with his untimely death which came as he was making plans for the future with his girlfriend, Lauren Morgan.

Mr Matthews said: ‘You can only imagine what my parents are going through, losing a son. They’re not good at all.

‘But Friday is going to be a celebration of Jason’s life.

‘He will be taken to St Mary’s Church, in Hayling, and that will be his resting place too.’

The funeral is 3pm and all friends are welcome.

Donations in Mr Matthews’ memory should be made to the RNLI.