Eddie was such a lovely character and loving dad

The funeral procession for Eddie Stevenson in Leyland
The funeral procession for Eddie Stevenson in Leyland
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The funeral of a well-known Leyland man who lost his 10-month battle against cancer has taken place.

Grandad Eddie Stevenson, who was born and bred in the town, was described as “such a character” by his family.

Former steel erector and rigger Eddie, 52, who was diagnosed with the disease in November, died at his Mendip Road home where he lived with his son and daughter Edward, Danielle and Kelly.

A funeral service was held at St Mary’s Church, Leyland on Thursday, before interment in the church yard.

A Ford Mustang car led the procession and a gospel singer sang in church.

His sister Edwina Endl, of Higher Walton, said: “He was a very popular guy, fun loving, a fantastic man. He was a steel erector rigger all his life and worked all over the world.

“He loved his son and daughter. They were very, very close and best of friends. They did everything together. He had just had a granddaughter Pria Rose, who is nine weeks old. She was an inspiration to him.

“He knew everybody in Leyland. He was such a character which was reflected by the number of people at the funeral. He was just a lovely character. A lot of people travelled a long way just to be there.”

Edwina said the occasion was intended as “a celebration of his life”.

“A gospel singer sang in church and we let doves go at the church yard,” she said. “Music was his main love and he was very spiritual.”

Eddie had not worked for several years as a result of an accident at work.

Edwina said her brother did let the disease get him down. She said: “He fought a very hard battle, He was a real fighter and inspiration to everybody with the way he handled everything. He was smiling until the last minute.”