Mourners pay respects to beloved Darren Powell
FROM his infectious giggle to a flirtation with punk as a rebellious teen, the life of Darren Powell was remembered in all its glorious technicolour.
Described as a ‘pied piper of life’, there were tears and laughter at his funeral at St Matthew’s Church in Cainscross today.
Darren, much-loved design editor for the Echo’s sister paper The Citizen, died earlier this month on his 42nd birthday.
Mourners at the packed church, which included dozens of colleagues past and present, along with his family, wore bright colours for the celebration of his life.
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Some of his favourite music, Like A Prayer by Madonna and Angels by Robbie Williams, was played while Jo Jones read the poem Leisure by WH Davies, chosen by Darren’s mum Rita.
In a eulogy read by Ian Mean, content director of Gloucestershire Media, Darren was described as an ‘inspirational leader’.
He had a ‘wicked’ sense of humour and was an ‘amazing character – loving a drink, a dance and a good old sing’.
Mr Mean talked of Darren’s first English lesson at school when his homework was to write an essay on his first day at school.
“Darren finished his, showed it to his mum and Rita told him ‘you can’t give that in’.
“It was not very complimentary about the teachers saying ‘they shout a lot and it was very noisy’.
“Darren’s reply to his mum was ‘That’s how it was mum’. The essay went in and he got a distinction for it.”
He added: “You truly were a pied piper in everything you did and we know you will be cracking jokes and smiling down on us from a far better place.”
Darren, who was born at Stroud Maternity Hospital to Rita and Howard, was educated at Sunland’s Nursery in Cainscross Road, Rodborough Primary School and Archway Comprehensive.
He died on August 13 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after a brave battle, having suffered a brain haemorrhage in July.
Darren, who lived in Hardwicke, is survived by his mum Rita, dad Howard, brother Ashley, sister Hayley, brother-in-law Tim, grandmother Millie, niece and goddaughter Molly and nephew Elliott.