THE funeral takes place on Friday, October 31, for tragic teenager Lucinda Owen who attended her Army passing out parade just days before being killed in a road accident.
A talented sportswoman, Lucinda, 17, from Tilston, whose funeral takes place at St Oswald’s Church, Malpas, at noon, had only recently left Bishop Heber High School where she excelled at sport and was a popular girl.
Her proud parents attended their spirited daughter’s passing out parade with the Royal Artillery at Pirbright exactly two weeks ago. Just days later she died when her Vauxhall Corsa careered off Tilston Road in Malpas last Tuesday.
Her father Jon Owen said in an entry on the Facebook web site: “We request no black as that is what Lu would have wanted. We also request no flowers and in replace we will be collecting for an Army charity in respect of Lu and as a thank you to the Army, especially all the instructors and girls at Pirbright.
“Me and Heather cannot thank the Army enough. Their support and respect for Lu has been amazing and we hope to continue our connection with the Army and support the various charities for the rest of our lives.”
Lucinda’s former class-mate Josh Swift, 17, from Broxton, was killed in an unrelated accident while crossing the A41 near his home on Friday October 17. His private funeral for family and close friends took place today (Thursday).
Josh, who was pursuing a performing arts-orientated education at The Hammond School in Chester, had just secured his first professional acting role in a pantomime.
His family are planning a tribute at a date, time and place to be finalised that will include music and dance. This will be the focus for tributes and the causes that mattered to Joshua.
Office worker Carrie-ann Cannell, 23, of Warwick Close, Neston, was this week named as the driver who died in an accident in Chester Road near Aldford last Wednesday. Her front seat 20-year-old female passenger remains in “a very very poorly” condition at the intensive care unit of the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Carrie-Ann’s father Trevor said in a statement issued by police: “Sadly missed but not forgotten always in our hearts. Lots of love and kisses.”
And her sisters Lauren and Tara Cannell said: “Our sister Carrie-ann, daughter and granddaughter will be sadly missed. She was well loved by everyone who ever knew her. Her bubbly personality lit up every room. Our Caz loved to go out and party and fully enjoyed her short life. Gone but not forgotten.”
Police want to hear from anyone who saw Carrie-ann’s red Rover 25 MG hatchback and a blue Peugeot 306 being driven prior to the accident. An 18-year-old male has been arrested and released on bail.