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Hundreds say a final goodbye to 'Jord'
8:38am Tuesday 25th February 2014 in News
Buy this photo » FINAL GOODBYE: Jordan Guise's coffin being carried into St Mary's Church for the funeral service.
CLOSE friends and family of a popular chef who died after inhaling laughing gas gathered at a Kidderminster church to say a final goodbye.
Hundreds of people filled St Mary's Church for the funeral of Jordan Guise, affectionately known as Jord, who died at his French flat after taking the legal high.
His family now hope that press coverage surrounding the cause of his death "will help save someone's life".
Dozens of Jordan's friends and family wore pink and blue for yesterday's service as a final tribute to the 21-year-old, who will be remembered as the "smallest person with the biggest heart".
There was not a dry eye in the packed church as the grieving congregation stood while Jordan's coffin was carried in to the moving song How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding.
Rev Rose Lawley, who led the service, said Jordan was "obviously well known" and "well loved", adding "it must be a great support to his family".
Memories of Jordan who, the church heard, made his family complete, as a child running barefoot in the sand, as someone who "loved his bed" as he grew up and of his passion for cooking were told during the emotional service.
It was also recounted how he had "grabbed the opportunity with both hands" when he was offered his dream job working as a chef in France - becoming a head chef at La Charniere restaurant within two weeks of starting - and would be "remembered and loved for always" by his mother Leesa Malpas, father Michael Guise and brother Kyle.
Jordan's family and friends wept as Westlife's Seasons in the Sun was played while they reflected on his short life and everyone poignantly joined in singing Angels by Robbie Williams.
Mourners were also moved to tears when pictures of Jordan throughout his life were displayed on a screen to end the service and his coffin was carried out to Bob Marley's Three Little Birds.
Jordan was found in his flat by his boss on February 6 - just days after he found out he was going to be a dad for the first time.
A Bring Jord Home facebook page has been set up to raise £3,500 to cover the cost of returning his body to England and many generous people made a donation after the service.