Couldn’t have had a better send-off: farwell ‘Sailsy’

The Funeral of Peter Diack took place today (Friday), at St. Andrew's Church, Rugby.

The Funeral of Peter Diack took place today (Friday), at St. Andrew's Church, Rugby.

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MOURNERS gathered at St Andrew’s Parish Church in their hundreds on Friday to say a final goodbye to Newbold ‘legend’ Peter Diack.

There was standing room only as family and friends paid tribute to the man affectionately known as ‘Sailsy’, who died from a suspected heart attack last month.

His family say he was the happiest he’d ever been while working as a driver in Africa.

Tears flowed as some of Peter’s favourite signature songs were played, including the Hollies’ He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

A slideshow of the 44-year-old’s life lifted the mood temporarily, bringing smiles to many faces.

He leaves mother, Joan, son Ryan and daughters Sian and Katie.

Peter, who lived in the town all his life, died in Sierrra Leone.

He was well known for his catchphrases, karaoke singing and sense of humour.

After the funeral, which was led by the Rev Paul Wilkinson, Peter was buried at St Botolph’s Church in Newbold.

It was followed by a tribute song at the Barley Mow and the wake was held at Newbold Rugby Club.

Daughter Katie said: “My dad could not have been given him a better send-off.

“Our family would like to thank everybody who came and made the day what it was.” She added: “We are missing him and think about him every second of every day.

“My dad is and willl always be a legend.”

Peter’s sister Joanne Houghton Diack said: “I would like to thank all of Sailsy’s friends for all their help giving him the best send off ever.

“The love and support given to us has been so touching.”

She said Sian, Katie and Ryan are so proud to have had Peter as their dad.

“They are missing him so much.”

Joanne added: “Me, my mum and brother John cant thank everybody enough. We would also like to say a big thank you to his company, Hawk, for everything they did getting my brother home to us safely.

“We will miss him so very much and will hold a special place in our hearts.”