A TOUCHING service to celebrate the life of 34-year-old RAF Corporal Michael McConnell took place on Friday.
Family and friends of father-of-two Michael, known to them as Mike, packed into Our Lady’s Star of the Sea Church, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, to hear heartbreaking tributes from his family and fellow service personnel.
Mike’s coffin, draped in the Union Jack, was carried into the church by six members of the RAF who worked alongside him at RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland.
The funeral mass was led by father Niall Mullaly and a chaplain from RAF Leuchars.
Former Ellesmere Port Catholic High School Mike, who leaves behind wife Michelle and children Tom and Beth, passed away peacefully at home in Fife on March 18.
His parents Christine and John still live in Little Sutton.
The cause of his death is not yet known.
Aircraft engineer Mike, who carried out specialist work on tornados at the base, was remembered warmly in a series of heartwarming tales by his colleague and personal friend Chester Gary and Wing Commander Mark Northover.
His love of family, sense of fun and cheery dedication to his career were paid tribute to in the emotional service.
A poem written by Mike’s sisters Emma (pictured with Michael) and Christy spoke of their pride in their brother and the times of laughter and fun they shared.
Christy then read out a tribute from Mike’s daughter Beth, who called him the best dad in the world and described how greatly he would be missed by his heartbroken children. RAF personnel accompanied Mike’s coffin out of the church and escorted it to Blacon Crematorium, where a piper led his hearse inside.
Donations for Help the Heroes were taken at the service.