Balloons fly in memory of family man who died aged 33

Stevie Wiles.
Stevie Wiles.
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Friends and family packed into Morecambe Parish Church to remember a popular young man who has died aged 33.

More than 400 people were at the funeral of Stevie Wiles from Morecambe, who was described as a “fantastic family man” and “a beautiful son” by his parents Tony and Julie.

Nobody wore black, with those in attendance instead wearing blue, yellow and white, the colours of Stevie’s beloved Leeds United.

More than £700 was raised for Diabetes UK and later, 70 blue and white balloons were released at the Trimpell Club in tribute to Stevie, who took his own life on August 2.

Born Anthony Steven Wiles on June 2 1982, Stevie was educated at Poulton-le-Sands primary school and Morecambe High School.

After studying joinery at college he travelled to the Isle of Man and Australia before settling back in Morecambe to work for SR Joinery.

Tony and Julie said their son was a typical young lad and a ‘people person’ who loved socialising with his mates, going to the gym, football and music. He was also a hard worker who was devoted to his family.

His parents said he would be much missed by his sisters Louisa and Kayleigh, his nephews and nieces, and by his “special little girl”.

His friends will now be organising an annual trip to Blackpool in Stevie’s name to keep his memory alive.

Tony and Julie thanked everyone who helped raise money for the charity at the funeral and all those who have given them support.