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Family and friends say their final goodbyes to Jake Gardner

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

  • sad day: Tractors lead the cortege through Guiting Power for the funeral of Jake Gardner

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"THOSE days are gone, now the memories are on the wall. I hear the sounds from the places where I was born."

The song Don't You Worry Child by the Swedish House Mafia was playing as family and friends of Guiting Power teenager Jake Gardner came together yesterday to say their final goodbyes.

Jake, 19, was killed in a car crash on November 5, when his green Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a green Land Rover Freelander on the B4077, near the crossroads to Bourton-on-the-Hill.

He leaves behind parents Simon and Jenny, and sister Holly.

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There was a special tractor tribute to the young farmer, who loved them from when he was a small boy.

Two tractors led the hearse through the village, and neighbours came out to pay their last respects.

Jake always wanted to be a farmer, and had completed his diploma in agriculture from Hartpury College.

The service was held at Cheltenham Crematorium, when Jake's coffin entered to The Shining by Badly Drawn Boy.

It was led by the Reverend Canon Veronica James.

Mourner Anthony Spencer read The Hunting Poem, by George Robins, then Holly stood up to share memories of her "baby brother".

She said: "It is impossible to put it all down in words. Jake was my friend, brother, and he was my little man.

"I have so many fond memories of him. I will never stop thinking of him and come to terms with what happened.

"I will love him till the end of time."

Mrs James read a tribute written for the 6ft 6in teenager by his parents and sister.

She said Jake as a young boy had loved to show visitors coming to his home his makeshift farms in his bedroom.

She added: "He loved being out and about, exploring with his friends, and he loved to drive tractors.

"He had just said to his dad he just loves driving. Jake just loved being a farmer.

"Being paid for what he could do well was just a bonus. He was a hard worker and was difficult to send home when he had to drive a tractor."

After Jake graduated, he set up his own company Jake Gardner Agriculture.

Mourners who gathered spent a couple of minutes to remember Jake to the song Everything Not Lost by Coldplay.

Friends Rob Parkes and Jack Seal blew a hunting horn in his memory.

After prayers, the service ended with Don't You Worry Child, another song by electronic dance group Swedish House Mafia.

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