HUNDREDS of mourners packed St Marie’s Church in Rugby on Tuesday to say their goodbyes to ‘lovable rebel’ Simon Hannifin.
He died at home on June 27 with his family by his side after a short battle with cancer aged 37.
His sister Kathleen Hannifin Bryan said he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
“Simon lived life to the full,” she said.
“He was a true legend, the life and soul of the party. He was mad about reggae and dancing. He loved his family and was very protective of them.”
She said his favourite song was Charley Pride’s ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In the World’.
He leaves his mother, Mary, and brothers and sisters Johnny, Bridget, Paddy, Margaret, Jackie, Kathleen and Robert.
Simon had four children - Simmey, Joseph, Bobby and Cainan.
Kathleen added: “Simon could be described as a lovable rebel. He was such a kind man who would do anything for anyone. The amount of people at his funeral reflected his popularity.”
His family said he battled his illness with dignity.
Kathleen, of Copeland, added: “Even though he was suffering he didn’t complain once. We are a very religious family and I think that gave him some comfort when he was diagnosed in February.”
She said seeing her brother’s weight plummet was heartbreaking.
“He was a big lad so that was one of the hardest things,” she added.
“Simon will be missed by everyone who knew him.”
She added: “We feel he is at peace now.”
Simon’s coffin was carried to his final resting place at Croop Hill Cemetery in Addison Road. His family would like to thank everyone for attending the funeral and for their messages of support.