AN emotional farewell was yesterday paid to a nine-year-old killed after being hit by two cars while out with his bike.
Mourners packed into his funeral service heard how Robert Gaunt lit up the lives of those who knew him.
He was laid to rest at Rhos Cemetery, near Wrexham, after the service at nearby Bethania Chapel.
Family and friends filled the chapel to say a tearful goodbye to the St Christopher's School pupil. Then a solemn procession took his coffin, decked in flowers, to his final resting place as more than 100 mourners comforted each other.
Inside the hearse a massive white floral tribute spelled out 'Robbie' with a black and white flower football next to it. He was a huge Manchester United fan, the service heard.
His family believe he was pushing his bike on the A539 Overton Road near Erbistock when he was struck by two cars last month. He later died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool.
Yesterday Rev John Elwyn Thomas paid tribute to the bright but short life of Robert, who was originally born in Penycae before moving to Overton.
In his eulogy he said: 'He loved his bike, his XBox 360 and was a huge Manchester United fan.
He was very mischievous, was full of life and had a great sense of humour. Robbie liked to wind people up and play tricks.
One of his aunties, Tracy, had a stable and he would often lock her in for a joke. But he would pop back now and then to see if she was okay.
In life we climb up a mountain, sometimes the path is smooth and wide and can be negotiated easily.
Sometimes it is steep and rugged and we have to watch our footing, and that is where the family are at the moment.
But as it says in Matthew chapter five, 'Ye are the light of the world', and Robbie lit up many lives in his life.
And as the family climbs the mountain, it could be his light that shines them through to the end.
St Christopher's headteacher Maxine Grant added: 'He loved to have fun, he loved to tease his class mates and he loved being in school.
'He was a special pupil who pupils loved to have around.'
The congregation sang the Lord is My Shepherd and All Things Bright and Beautiful. Donations will go to Alder Hey Hospital.
Robbie leaves behind parents Dawn Richards and Robert Jones, brothers Andrew Gaunt, 20, and Ryan-John Gaunt, 16, and sisters Ceri-Ann Gaunt, 19, and Tegan-Leigh Richards, three.
Businessman David James Lunn, 61, of Moorland Avenue, Queen's Park, Wrexham, has been charged with nine offences in relation to the accident.