Hundreds attend Scunthorpe funeral of Oliver Quickenden - brother of X Factor star Jake
Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the brother of X Factor star Jake Quickenden.
Oliver Quickenden died from a rare form of cancer called osteosarcoma – a condition that caused him great pain and made his bones vulnerable to breaking.
He had been battling the condition since he was diagnosed on February 25, 2010. He passed away on Saturday, September 8.
Emotional tributes were paid to the 19-year-old by his close family.
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His brother Jake read an adapted version of the poem Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson and Oliver's wife Olivia, 19, read a poem about how much she misses and loves her husband.
On a floral tribute Jake said: "To my little brother, my hero and my best friend.
"There is an empty space in my heart, that space will always belong to you.
"I miss you more than anyone will ever know the only thing that helps me in this time is knowing you feel no more pain and I have so many perfect memories that will be with me forever.
"I will never forget you and I will try and make you proud.
"I know one day we will meet again but not yet my little brother, not yet."
A tribute from his mum, Lisa Quickenden, read: "You endured such pain without complaint, something that constantly amazed all.
"This will remain with us for ever more.
"The only solace being that you are now pain free and at peace.
"If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."
And his other older brother Adam Quickenden wrote: "Words fail to express what you meant to me.
"You were an inspiration and our little hero."
The Reverend Lyn Gregg conducted the ceremony at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe, which started with the song My Immortal by Evanescence.
The congregation sang the hymn Fight The Good Fight before hearing about Oliver in a tribute put together by his family.
Ms Gregg said: "Oliver was always gentle and caring.
"At the age of 8 when he was asked what he wanted to be Oliver proclaimed he wanted to be a music rapper.
"We all loved our family holidays in the sun together.
"Oliver was fearless and would jump into the sea at great heights.
"He loved life so intently and at 17 met the angel Livvy who was to become his wife.
"He was so proud to have Livvy on his arm and they became inseparable.
"Oliver was an inspiration and never complained at the pain.
"He will never be forgotten and made our lives rich for knowing him.
"If we all had a bit of Oliver's courage then the world would be a better place.
"His memory and love will continue."
A celebration of Oliver's life continued at the Ashby Decoy Club.