Published: 15:40, 30 June 2017
The life of a sports mad young man killed in a jet ski accident has been celebrated by hundreds of mourners at his funeral today.
Jordan Lupton, 25, died in hospital after being critically injured in the sea off Herne Bay last month.
A keen amateur boxer, his sister Jasmine tearfully paid tribute to him during the service at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church in the town which was packed with family and friends.
In a moving poem, she described how the family had been at his bedside at King’s College Hospital in London during his final hours, praying he could win “the biggest fight of his life”. But it was not to be.
Jordan, a plumber, was badly injured when he was hit by a jet ski while being towed in a rubber ring by another ski off Hampton on May 27.
The death of the former St Anselm’s school pupil devastated his mother, Therese, who he lived with in Queensbridge Drive and his family and many friends.
Almost £9,000 was raised through a GoFundMe page to pay for his funeral.
Family and friends filled the church as Jordan’s coffin arrived in a black horse-drawn carriage, festooned with flowers, including a motocross bike design as well as his boxing gloves and shorts.
He was carried into the church to theme music of the boxing movie Rocky.
The mourners were welcomed by Father Mark White who said: “It is vital you are here as it is somehow how we manage to cope with awful losses like these.
“Today we share the sadness of a mother who has lost a son, a sister, her brother, a grandfather, his grandson and friends who have lost one of their kind in the prime of his life.”
He spoke of a young man who had a vitality for life but said it was impossible to predict the time of life and death “because things can change quite suddenly”.
“This was an accident and nobody was to blame,” he said.
In her moving eulogy, Jordan’s sister, primary school teacher Jasmine, spoke affectionately about her “fearless” brother’s zest for life and trying his hand at numerous sports including motocross, mountain biking and boxing, excelling in many.
She said he loved the sea and had just mastered wake boarding.
But his greatest focus was boxing and earned the nickname ‘Lightning Lupton’.
"He had an amazing attitude to training and had huge respect for his coach Martin," she said.
She shared amusing anecdotes including his love of playing pranks. She also spoke of his love of dancing from a young age and how he mastered the Michael Jackson moon walk and loved to own the dance floor on nights out with his mates.
He had a passion for cars and motorbikes too.
“He could never just buy a car without trying to improve it and spent hours fiddling about. There were always bits arriving in the post from eBay. Nine times out of ten, he broke it and had to buy another part," she said.
She also spoke for her mother, Therese saying how “courageous” Jordan had to grow up fast and be the man of the house after his father had deserted the family.
“Your warm loving smile and cheeky grin will stay with us for the rest of our lives,” she said.
One of Jordan’s best friends Josh Hammond also tearfully recalled the fun they had together growing up and later with their cars and mountain biking.
“If Jordan put his mind to something, he would not give up until he succeeded.
He said: “I could talk for hours about Jordan but he would be up there looking down on me saying ‘choose your words wisely’.
“He cared for his family, friends and girlfriend and will forever be in our hearts.”
Jordan was carried from the church to the music of Michael Jackson’s ‘You are Not Alone’.
He was laid to rest at a private burial at Herne Bay cemetery which was followed by a wake at the King’s Hall.
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