Funeral of "loving" Leigh Park man takes place as family and friends remember

The funeral of a “loving” man found dead by a Leigh Park stream last month that sparked a murder probe took place on Friday.
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Barry Cairns’ body was discovered around 7am by Hermitage Stream in the Chalton Crescent area on Monday June 19. The “cheeky” 53-year-old’s funeral was held at The Oaks Havant Crematorium, Barton Road, on Friday afternoon.

The procession saw a horse and carriage provided by The Madgewicks while Pook Lane Stables also provided a horse and rider to stand at the entrance of the crematorium for horse-loving Barry. Tributes were paid during the service as family and friends remembered Barry.

The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (210723-9731)The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. 

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The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (210723-9731)
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Martin Elliot, a close friend of Barry’s for over 30 years from Leigh Park, said he “missed” and “loved” his old pal who he got balloons as a tribute for his funeral. He said: “It was a nice service and a couple of ponies which Barry would have liked. His mum had a tattoo with his name and date of birth.

“Everyone remembered the good times…people got upset...especially with him dying in suspicious circumstances. He was a good friend and someone I knew for over 30 years. He advertised a job and I got work with him.

“Barry was very nice and a cheeky happy-go-lucky man. He will be missed.”

Barry’s family recently said in a tribute: “Most people would describe Barry as a caring and cheeky chap, who if he could would always help those in need. He was someone that always looked on the bright side of life and could put a smile on your face, even in terrible times. His character is one that will be remembered and missed forever.

The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. 

Picture: Sarah Standing (210723-9756)The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. 

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The funeral of Barry Cairns from Leigh Park took place on Friday, July 21, at The Oaks Crematorium in Havant. Picture: Sarah Standing (210723-9756)
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“There are no words to describe our sorrow for someone who was a loving father, son, partner, grandfather, brother and friend. We would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support during this difficult time, particularly those who have aided the investigation. We will forever miss him. With thanks, Barry's family.”

Police have charged Dale Edmonds, 47, of Warnford Crescent in Leigh Park, and Mark Walkley, 42, of no fixed address, with perverting the course of justice. They were both remanded in custody by magistrates last month with the case sent to Portsmouth Crown Court on July 24. Neither of the men entered a plea.