I WILL never forget you – those were the words from the young son of a man who died after going missing on a stag do.
Karl Law’s son Lenny, who turned three while his dad was missing in Prague, left a floral tribute at his funeral yesterday in Fareham.
Hundreds of people turned out in the rain to say goodbye to the 35-year-old builder who vanished for three weeks before he was found dead.
White flowers spelling out the words daddy, son and brother flanked Karl’s coffin on three sides as it arrived at St John’s Church.
The poignant tribute from Karl’s son Lenny placed on the flowers echoes part of a book called Guess How Much I Love You that tells of love between family.
It said: ‘Our time was cut too short but our time was the best time – I will never forget you. Shine bright always, sleep tight daddy, love you to the moon, Lenny.’
A white floral love heart with pink roses from Karl’s fiancee Amanda Collins, 30, was placed in the hearse as mourners paid their respects at the church in Upper St Michael’s Grove.
Her tribute said: ‘Life seems so unfair, dreams shattered, heart broken, will love you forever and always Mr Law, sweet dreams, watch over us always, Amanda.’
Karl, of St Anne’s Grove, in Fareham, was on a stag do with 12 men for his cousin Lee Cross in the Czech Republic when he disappeared in November.
At the time Lee said he would postpone his wedding until Karl was found.
There was a sombre atmosphere outside the church as the coffin arrived.
Pallbearers from his family carried him into the church for the 30-minute service before he was taken to Portchester Crematorium for a private service.
As reported, Amanda had told Lenny that his father was on a fishing trip to save the youngster from heartbreak while Karl was still missing.
And yesterday a floral tribute in the shape of a fish with blue ribbons for fins was among the flowers in the hearse.
It said: ‘Karl you will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Love always, Jo, Frank, Lauren & Danny xxx.’
Another tribute was in the shape of the Portsmouth Football Club crest.
Karl’s mum Sue and father also left flowers, which said: ‘My heart has been broken in two.
‘Remembering you is easy. I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that will never go away. RIP Love till we meet again. Love you so much.’
His cousin Steve Stock, who spent weeks with other family members for searching for Karl in Prague paid tribute yesterday in a note attached to flowers spelling out Cuz. It said: ‘Rest peacefully now cuz, love ya. Steve.’
Another tribute said: ‘Dear Karl, we wanted to keep you with us, but it wasn’t meant to be, we will love, remember you forever. All our love, Uncle Rich, Auntie Deb, Steve, Ben, Nicky, Joe xxxx.’
The coroner has opened an inquest into the death on December 7.
The circumstances of the death is listed as unascertained.
Messages of support and tributes paid
KIND tributes have been paid online on the day of Karl’s funeral.
People took to the Facebook page Please help find Karl Law Facebook to leave touching messages.
Charlie Goddard said: ‘Give him a wicked send off. Just wanted to say what fab friends and family Karl has. I’m sure you all have epic memories of Karl that will be with you forever till you meet again on the dancefloor.’
Alex Hughes said: ‘Our thoughts are with the Law family and friends today xx deepest sympathies xx.’
Lynn Jarvis said: ‘Thinking of you all today Karl was a lovely man!! Today will be hard stay strong all of you and celebrate his life keep your memories close to your hearts!! XxXx.’
Chantelle Slack added: ‘Thoughts are with you all today and so will Fareham and everyone that did or not no Karl will be in there thoughts may the sunshine light above you all today. God Bless Xx.’
Bobby Fitall said: ‘Thinking of all the family at this sad time.’