Hundreds of mourners say goodbye to 'amazing' Max Maguire at St Thomas Church in Lymington
MORE than 250 mourners packed St Thomas Church in Lymington to pay their respects to Max Maguire, who was victim of an alleged murder in the town.
Tributes were paid to Max (23) at the touching service, which was presided over by the Rev. Peter Salisbury on Monday.
Friend James Voller called Max an "amazing person", who saw the joy in life and treasured being a father to his daughter, Delilah Daisy.
He also read out a series of messages to Max’s family, including his parents, siblings – two brothers and two sisters – and uncles, urging them to "stay strong" and stressing how supportive the town was and would be for them going forward.
There was also applause for David Davies, who performed a song he had composed specially for the event, called 'Rest in Peace'.
During the service attendees – who included Lymington mayor Cllr James Hoare – sang hymns including ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ and ‘Abide With Me’. Mr Salisbury also gave a bible reading from Philippians.
He also, at the request of Max’s family, read out a poem that was written by an unidentified person and left on one of the many floral tributes outside the Royal British Legion.
"What become of our hometown, where you could be whoever you want to be?" it read.
"We were brought up with sand on our feet and the sea air in our hair, our smiles rode the waves of our hometown."
It alluded to the incident that claimed Max’s life, adding: "But mate, your smile will always ride the waves of our hometown.
"We wish your daughter can be whoever she wants to be, with sand on her feet, and the sea air in her hair. In our hometown."
As reported in the A&T, Max, from Pennington, died in an incident outside the Royal British Legion Club, off High Street, on 22nd October.
Two friends with him, Georgina Wort and Luke Gray, both 23, were also attacked.
Luke suffered extensive injuries, including paralysis of his right leg, and may lose a kidney. After a Go Fund Me page was set up to help fund his future care, friends rallied and donated more than £8,000. He attended the funeral in a wheelchair.
A hearing opened at Winchester Coroners’ Court, and the full inquest was suspended with a review due on 8th April 2022.
Max was a popular local fisherman, and his sister, Blaise, called him the "kindest, funniest, amazing brother, son and father anyone could wish for", adding: "Life will never be the same without our beautiful Max."
Two men – Garon Jewell, 18, of Flushards, Lymington, and Draven Jewell, 20, of no fixed address – have been charged with Max's murder, the attempted murder of Luke and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent against Georgina.
They are currently remanded in custody and have not yet entered pleas to the charges – although a provisional trial date has reportedly been set aside for May next year.