Tom Parker’s funeral: The Wanted pay tribute to bandmate at church service, saying ‘we will miss him so much’ | Ents & Arts News
Tom Parker’s coffin has been carried by his bandmates from The Wanted at his funeral where they said they “miss him so much”.
Jay McGuiness, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes served as pallbearers, as Champagne Supernova by Oasis was played to fans gathered outside St Francis of Assisi church in Queensway, southeast London.
Hundreds had lined the streets for the procession ahead of the service, as the pop star’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood on Wednesday morning.
Addressing the congregation, George, said he will always remember the singer’s laugh.
“He has left us far too early and we will miss him so much. The people outside, the people all around the world, is a credit to him you. Rest easy mate”, he added.
Flowers which spelled out the words Glad You Came, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit, were also seen outside the church.
Parker, 33, died in March, 17 months after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Mrs Parker invited fans to gather to watch the service outside on big screens while the funeral was attended by close friends and family.
Liam Payne from One Direction was given a round of applause from fans outside the church.
Fans dressed in black gathered along the high street to pay their respects before falling silent as his coffin was placed into the horse-drawn carriage.
Super-fan Stefanie Marek, 29, had flown from Austria on Tuesday to witness the funeral procession.
She said she “can’t believe he is gone” and thought she would “come out here and pay respects to him and give my condolences”.
“They all grew really dear to me and now that Tom’s gone physically it really hit hard because you didn’t expect it to happen so soon, especially at 33 years of age”, she added.
Receptionist Chloe Mayne, 25, from Plumstead, a self-professed “super-fan” of the late singer, said the day he died “it really hit me”.
Ms Mayne said she was 15 when she became a fan of the band and had attended around 25 of their concerts, adding: “He was my childhood really.”
Saskia Masaun, 20, from Wolverhampton told Sky News that she put Mrs Parker in a healing book of prayers at her local spiritualist church and lit a candle for the star this morning.
Steve Barney, who drummed for the band during their early tours and festivals, said Parker had “such a driving force, both on and off stage”.
He posted images of the singer on stage, adding that he was thinking of Mrs Parker and their children today.
The Wanted fan, Donna Wareing, told Sky News that everyone will “miss Tom so much” and shared a picture of her and Parker from a concert in 2010.
Parker disclosed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and had begun radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
Family and close friends of the star gathered in The Sovereign Of The Seas pub opposite the funeral parlour before the procession began.