Tom Parker funeral: The Wanted carries his casket as his widow says she will ‘treasure every memory’ of her ‘soul mate’ | Ents & Arts News

Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey paid tribute to The Wanted singer as a “soul mate” at his funeral, saying: “Marrying you was the best day of my life.”

Members of his family, bandmates and other close friends attended the private ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi Church in south east London.

Jay McGuiness, Max George, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes of The Wanted served as pallbearers, carrying his coffin into the church, as Oasis’ Champagne Supernova was played to fans gathered outside.

Parker’s widow, whom he married in 2018, led a procession of three black horses through Petts Wood on Wednesday morning as hundreds of fans lined the streets for the procession before the service at Queensway.

Other porters carefully removed multicolored “Dad” flowers from the carriage, taking them inside the church before removing a heart-shaped piece of red rose spelling “Tom” from the hearse.

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Kelsey Parker at husband Tom’s funeral
A floral tribute outside St Francis of Assisi Church ahead of The Wanted star Tom Parker's funeral in Queensway, Petts Wood, southeast London, following his death aged 33 years last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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A flower tribute outside the church titled Glad You Came after the hit song by The Wanted

Parker, 33, died in Marchsurrounded by his family and bandmates, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

“Life with you has never been boring”

During the service in a pre-recorded message, Ms Parker shared anecdotes of how the couple first met at a nightclub before becoming famous.

She said: “I will cherish every memory because life with you has never been boring”.

Members of The Wanted (left to right) Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes (partially masked) arrive for the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker at Queensway, Petts Wood, in the southeast of London, after he died aged 33 last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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(LR) The Wanted members Max George, Jay McGuiness, Siva Kaneswaran and Nathan Sykes (partially masked) arrive for the funeral
A floral tribute is paid at St. Francis of Assisi Church ahead of The Wanted star Tom Parker's funeral in Queensway, Petts Wood, southeast London, following his death aged 33 last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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A tribute with the word ‘papa’ is carried in the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi

Ms Parker added that the star was her ‘soulmate’ and marrying her ‘was the happiest day of my life’.

Addressing the congregation, George said he will always remember the singer’s laugh.

“He left us way too soon and we will miss him so much. People on the outside, people all over the world, do him justice. Rest easy mate,” he added.

Flowers that spelled the words Glad You Came, the title of The Wanted 2011 hit, were also seen outside the church.

Mourners outside the funeral pay their respects
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Mourners outside the funeral pay their respects
Liam Payne at the funeral of The Wanted star Tom Parker at St Francis of Assisi Church in Queensway, Petts Wood, southeast London, after he died aged 33 last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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One Direction’s Liam Payne also attended Parker’s funeral

Ms Parker invited fans to gather to watch the service outside on large screens as the funeral was attended by close friends and family.

Liam Payne of One Direction received 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 in the carriage.

The coffin of Tom Parker from The Wanted is carried during the funeral at St Francis of Assisi Church in Queensway, Petts Wood, southeast London, after he died aged 33 last month, 17 months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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Parker revealed in October 2020 that he had been diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma
The order of service for The Wanted star Tom Parker's funeral at Queensway, Petts Wood, southeast London, following his death aged 33 last month, 17 months later being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.  Picture date: Wednesday April 20, 2022.
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The order of service for Parker’s funeral at Queensway, Petts Wood
Mourners outside St Francis of Assisi Church ahead of The Wanted star Tom Parker's funeral
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Mourners outside the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi before the funeral

‘I can’t believe he’s gone,’ say fans

Superfan Stefanie Marek, 29, flew in from Austria on Tuesday to attend the funeral procession.

She said she ‘can’t believe he’s gone’ and thought she’d ‘come here and pay my respects and give him my condolences’.

“They have all become very dear to me and now that Tom is gone physically it really hit home because you wouldn’t expect it to happen so soon, especially at 33,” she added.

Saskia Masaun lit a candle for the star
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Wanted fan Saskia Masaun lit a candle for the star


“It was really my childhood”

Receptionist Chloe Mayne, 25, from Plumstead, a self-proclaimed ‘super-fan’ of the late singer, said on the day of his death ‘it really hit me’.

Ms Mayne said she was 15 when she became a fan of the British-Irish boy band and had attended around 25 of their gigs, adding: ‘It was really my childhood.

Saskia Masaun, 20, from Wolverhampton, told Sky News she put Ms Parker in a healing prayer book at her local Spiritualist Church and lit a candle for the star.

Steve Barney, who played drums for the band on their early tours and festivals, said Tom Parker had “such a driving force, both onstage and off”.

He posted images of the singer on stage, adding that he was thinking of Ms Parker and their children on the day of the funeral.

Wanted fan Donna Wareing told Sky News everyone will “miss Tom so much” and shared a picture of herself and Parker at a gig in 2010.

Parker (left) and Donna Wareing in 2010
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Parker (left) and Donna Wareing in 2010

Parker revealed in October 2020 that he was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma and started radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Jerry B. Hatch