Hundreds of people gathered at Accrington Masonic Hall to pay tribute to a popular war veteran and Freemason who passed away aged 39.
Father-of-four Warren Wolstencroft, from Knuzden and formerly of Great Harwood, died on Saturday, July 13, of a rare form of cancer.
He wrote his own eulogy which was read out at the poignant funeral service.
Mr Wolstencroft served with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and former colleagues attended in full military uniform.
His wife of seven years, Michelle, said he would have been pleased with the service.
She said: “He would have been so humbled and chuffed with what they managed to achieve as he was no longer a serving soldier.”
Tributes were read out by Major George Briscoe and Freemason and friend David McGurty.
Mrs Wolstencroft, 39, said her husband had prepared a eulogy on his laptop to be read out at the service along with a list of other requests for when he passed away. She said: “There were hundreds there. One wish he had written down on his laptop – as he was quite bossy – was he would like at least 50 people to attend. He got that and beyond.”
She added: “He was just a star, was so organised and an amazing man. He talked about his life in the army and how much he loved it, his charity work and the Freemasons. He also talked about how we met in a local pub. He loved karaoke and wooed me with the Robbie Williams song Angels. He said how I was his soulmate and he wished he had met me years earlier.”
Mr Wolstencroft was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma 12 years ago. He had his right arm amputated in 2001 but the cancer later returned three years ago. Earlier this year was told his condition was critical. He passed away peacefully at home.
After leaving the army Mr Wolstencroft helped raise money for charities including the British Limbless Ex-Service Mens’ Association, and organised charity matches at Blackburn Rovers. He also helped found The Wooley Foundation to raise money for charities.
Mrs Wolstencroft added: “He wanted to leave a legacy and for people to remember him and never forget him which I’m sure a lot of people are going to do.”
Mr Wolstencroft leaves wife Michelle, children Shelby, 18, Phoebe, 12, Bethany, 11 and Darcy, two, parents Jill and Derek and brothers Paul, Michael and Christopher.