FAMILY and friends of Kieran Smith celebrated his life with a service which was ‘the perfect goodbye.’
Mourners packed out Portchester Crematorium to pay their respects to Kieran, who was known as Jibba.
Mum Linda Payne, from Fareham, said yesterday’s service was lovely and was the perfect way to send Kieran off.
‘The Rev Karen Steel did such a good job and made the service so lovely,’ she said.
‘It was the perfect send-off and the perfect goodbye.
‘I was so pleased there was a good turn-out from his friends and other family members who have been so supportive.
It was the perfect send-off and the perfect goodbye.Linda Payne
‘It was lovely remembering Kieran’s life and all the happy memories we have of him.
‘Everyone would always remember his big smile – even people who didn’t necessarily know him that well would remember how friendly he was and how he had a big smile.
‘I am glad he is at peace now.’
Kieran, 24, went missing from his home in Harcourt Road, in Fareham, on March 10.
Family and friends launched a search that stretched from Fareham to Portsmouth and further afield.
A Facebook page was set up which received thousands of likes and shares and posters were put up around Fareham in a bid to find him.
But his body was found in Ranvilles Lane, on April 8.
During the service, the Rev Steel, on behalf of Kieran’s family, thanked everyone who had helped in the search.
Mrs Payne added: ‘All his friends have been really supportive this whole time.
‘I am glad they could be there to celebrate his life and share their memories of him.’
During the service, Kieran’s stepdad Howard spoke on behalf of his friends who had put together a tribute.
He said: ‘Having a few beers, listening to music and having a fishing rod made Kieran so happy.
‘He had the ability to make everyone laugh and the times we had growing up will never be forgotten and you will stay in our hearts forever.’
He added: ‘Sorry it had to end this way; saying goodbye when we didn’t want to was the hardest thing any of us had to do.’
Friend Ben Johnson, who helped lead the search for Kieran, said: ‘The service was brilliant. It was amazing.
‘It was a good way to celebrate Kieran’s life.
‘He was the best friend I could have ever asked for.’
Fond memories of Kieran’s life are told at service
MEMORIES of Kieran Smith were shared with loved ones.
Family and friends gathered yesterday to hear the Rev Karen Steel talk about Kieran’s life.
She said: ‘Kieran was always fairly quiet but a tad accident-prone, especially when he was trying to keep up with his big brother. One incident included him trying to abseil down the washing line and breaking his wrist. Aged 11 he started learning jujitsu and became a junior black belt after a couple of years.
‘He visited his father in Australia twice and on his 18th birthday, had a drink with his mum in the Castle in the Air pub.
‘We will always remember him when he was young, determined and at his best.’