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Funeral of Mold man Michael Murphy held in Wrexham

FAMILY and friends bid an emotional farewell to Michael Murphy – exactly a year to the day he vanished.

About 200 people – including ex-colleagues and search team volunteers – attended the funeral at Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham.

Every pew was occupied and some people stood to hear the service, which his mum Ann said was testament to the 32-year-old Mold man’s popularity.

An Arsenal FC flag – Michael’s favourite football team – was draped over his coffin and several mourners, including Ann, wore their club’s colours in tribute to him.

Ann, of Victory Court in Mold, spoke of her pride for her son and hailed him as ‘energetic, funny and friendly’.

In a series of family tributes read out at the funeral, Michael’s sister Jo, 22, said there were no words to sum up how ‘amazing’ he was, while his brother Jac hailed him as a ‘father figure’ to them both.

Jac, 23, said it was impossible to describe the hurt it was causing him knowing his brother would not be best man at his wedding, or be an uncle to his children.

The Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here was played as mourners entered the service followed by Brand New Start by Paul Weller halfway through, and finally You’ll Never Walk Alone.

“Michael was an Arsenal supporter but he loved that song,” said mum Ann, who is originally from Liverpool.

The former John Summers High School teacher added: “I’m privileged to have been his mum. He was a good son. My world was a better place with him in it. He knew how to make everyone have a good time. A lot of people are going to miss him.”

Michael, who was born in south London but grew up in Buckley, was found washed up on West Kirby beach in Wirral on December 4.

The former Argoed High School pupil disappeared on January 4 last year after leaving work at ConvaTec on Deeside Industrial Park, and his car was found abandoned on the Flintshire Bridge.

After the midday service on Friday a wake was held at the Centenary Club at Wrexham FC.

Donations were collected for three charities who helped search for Michael – North East Wales Search and Rescue, the Search & Rescue Dog Association and the RNLI.