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A CELEBRATION of the life of a “little Llanelli legend” whose tragic death in Thailand shocked the town, left barely a single dry eye.
Hundreds descended on Greenfield Chapel for a service in memory of former Bryngwyn Comprehensive boy Jack Stediford Davies on Friday afternoon.
“We cannot thank them enough,” they said this week.
“To see so many travel from all over the world, to celebrate Jack’s life with the people from his hometown, has shown us how loved he was.”
The 21-year-old made his final journey in a whicker coffin carried by white horses resplendent in blue for his beloved Chelsea FC.
Reverend Philip Swann who led the service described Jack as “having a zest for life”.
He read an extract of one of Jack’s school reports which said “everyone wants to be his friend”.
“And that’s a pattern that lasted throughout his life,” said Rev Swann.
Mourners sung The Lord is my Shepherd and Rev Swann read the parable of the Good Samaritan and Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas.
The only son of Jonathan and Christine Davies, Jack had been incredibly popular in Old Road and Bryngwyn schools before moving to Coleg Sir Gar.
Despite being dyslexic he achieved nine GCSEs which he told his parents was “the best day of my life, because now I’m like everybody else”.
Having always had wanderlust, Jack left Llanelli at 18 to see the world.
After fruit picking in Australia he made his way to Malaysia and Thailand where he worked at Jordan’s Irish Bar on Ko Phi Phi Island.
Heartbreakingly it was here that his life was cut tragically short after his sudden death in August.
Jonathan and Christine made the dreadful journey to bring him home earlier this month.
On a screen behind Reverend Swann was a slide show of photographs of Jack throughout his life, always with the same cheeky grin. His friends from Ko Phi Phi read a poem to Jack ending “Jack Davies RIP, from ’93 to infinity”.
As his coffin was wheeled out, one of his favourite songs Whatever Happened by the Strokes was played.
It includes the line ‘Life ain’t chess’ which Jack had tattooed on his chest.
The JustGiving page set up in Jack’s memory has already raised nearly £1,000. A coroner for Carmarthenshire has opened an inquest into Jack’s death to a date yet to be fixed.