David Moss funeral: Family and friends pay tribute to Knypersley teenager
FRIENDS and family of a popular teenager who died on a fishing trip have said their final farewell.
The funeral of 16-year-old David Moss took place at St Lawrence's Church, in Biddulph, yesterday.
The keen angler died after collapsing at Moreton Fisheries, near Congleton, on November 24.
Mourners spilled out of the church as the congregation heard stories about 'Mossy', his love for his family, and his passion for fishing and motocross.
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Reverend Martin Cannam said: "Everyone I have spoken to about David spoke extremely highly of him.
"The words 'cheeky chappy' came up a lot, as well as 'loveable rogue', 'loveable monkey', and 'class clown'.
"He clearly had an endearing sense of humour and he was a very sociable young man who was well-mannered and thoughtful in his dealings with other people."
David, of Healey Avenue, Knypersley, left Biddulph High School this summer and became an apprentice mechanic, working alongside his dad Stephen.
The congregation heard how David asked for his first bike aged three, and competed in his first motocross meet when he was seven.
He was Wem Motocross Club's senior champion this year, and had been due to collect his prize on the day he died.
A tribute from David's girlfriend, Maddie, was also read during the service.
In it, she said: "David was gorgeous, funny and talented. He was there for me no matter what. He would always be able to make me laugh."
She described how he hoped to follow in his dad's footsteps, how he did not know what he would have done without his mum Dawn, and how close he was to brother Rob.
She went on to say: "No one will ever forget him, he's left too much of an impression on everyone.
"He's the brightest star in the sky and will be in our hearts forever."
The congregation heard a poem written for David by family friend Barbara Forster, while family member John Hilditch also read a tribute.
He told how David was a Manchester United fan, and read out a letter of condolence that the club's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, had sent to David's family on hearing of his death.
He added: "We are here to mourn David's passing, but the important thing is to celebrate his life.
"Please remember he is not a 'was', he is an 'is'. He is, and always will be, David William Moss."
Mourners listened to Annie's Song, by John Denver, and sang the hymns Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Lord Of The Dance and All Things Bright And Beautiful.
David's aunt, Dawn Dooley, lead the prayers during the service.
The congregation left the church to Missing You, by Puff Daddy, and David was laid to rest in the churchyard.