Published: 14:14, 11 June 2018
| Updated: 15:31, 11 June 2018
Balloons and fireworks were set off in memory a young man who suddenly died.
More than 100 family and friends gathered at the Dover Harbour beach on Saturday evening in tribute to Steven Lyus, 33.
A statement from the family afterwards said: "Steven's family would like to thank all those who came to remember him and for all the kind messages and words we have received over the past week.
"It is very comforting to know how much he was loved not just by us but by all the family and his friends and anyone who met him. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten."
Mr Lyus was found dead at his home in Clarendon Street, Dover, on the morning of Friday, June 1.
The body was discovered after a colleague had arrived that morning to drive him to work.
The tragedy is so far unexplained.
A police spokesman said; "Kent Police was called by South East Coast Ambulance Service to an address in Clarendon Street, Dover, at 7.43am on Friday 1 June 2018 following the sudden death of a man in his 30s.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being compiled for the coroner."
Messages of shock and grief had poured in on social media as news of the tragedy spread that Friday.
A family tribute was also paid in a JustGiving page, which invites friends to contribute primarily to his wake instead of buying flowers.
The message, from Mr Lyus' mother Sue, 56, and best friend Lee Jones, said: "We lost a lovely son, brother,uncle and dear friend to many, Spit, aka Steven Lyus.
"Spit lived his life to the full, was always the life and soul of the party and always had a smile and kind word for many of his friends and family.
"He was a good lad who was very popular."
Mr Lyus was a single man and groundworker.
He attended Powell Primary School in Buckland, now called Green Park, and Archers Court secondary school in Whitfield, now Dover Christ Church Academy.
Mr Lyus also leaves a father Stephen, 56, one sister, Leanne, 30, and two brothers, Ricky, 22, and Stuart, 35.
The date of the funeral is not yet known but the JustGiving page invites friends to contribute primarily to the wake, instead of buying flowers.
By this morning £590 was raised, 78% of the £750 target.
Friends who still wish to contribute can do so via justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spit.
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