AROUND 200 people filled a crematorium, to pay their respects to Jez Griffiths.
The 31-year-old’s funeral took place at Portchester Crematorium yesterday.
As previously reported, Jeremy, known as Jez, of Nutwick Road, in Havant, was found collapsed by a member of the public at 2am on Saturday, May 11, at Town Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall.
Yesterday a service was held for a final goodbye.
Scores of floral tributes were brought to the funeral.
This included the word ‘friend’, plus a floral football and a horse’s head.
As his coffin arrived, about 200 of Jez’s friends and family lined the entry of the crematorium.
The service opened with Angel, by Sarah McLachlan, followed by a welcome by celebrant Christine Allaway.
The poem A Forever Friend, written by an anonymous poet, was then read out.
A tribute by his friends described Jez as someone who worked hard, played hard and lived life to the full.
The song Missing You by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans then filled the packed-out service room.
A second poem, titled The Parting Glass, was read which was taken from a traditional Irish song.
The service closed with You’ll Never Walk Alone, by Gerry and the Pacemakers.
A wake was held at the Inn Lodge, in Burrfields Road, Portsmouth.
His family said Jez will always be remembered as someone who loved to travel.
He had been to many places, such as Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Las Vegas, Magaluf, Ibiza and different places in Australia.
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.
He lived with his dad Huw, 63, in Havant.
Close friends of Jez have rallied together to buy a memorial plaque.
It is due to be placed at The Point, near The Spice Island and Still & West pubs, where his friends will feel he is close to them.
The plaque is due to be placed on July 11 – Jez’s birthday.
Jez is survived by his brother David, 29, who lives in Australia, and grandmother, Joyce Evans, 85.