Event set to celebrate popular Lowestoft footballer’s life

Darren Boyd pictured with his family

Darren Boyd pictured with his family - Credit: Archant

The family of a popular Lowestoft man who died when he was hit by a train have invited the community to attend a celebration of his life.

Darren Boyd (red) in action for Hearts of Oak in 2014. Pictures: BRYAN GRINT

Darren Boyd (red) in action for Hearts of Oak in 2014. Pictures: BRYAN GRINT - Credit: Archant

People across the town have been paying tribute to supermarket worker and avid footballer Darren Boyd after he died on January 2.

Friends of the 43-year-old father-of-two have also organised a fund-raising campaign to support his wife Sharon and two children Georgia Rose, nine, and Oscar Jack, six, which has raised more than £8,000.

Mrs Boyd has said the family 'are extremely grateful for everyone's kindness', adding: 'To know we are in so many people's thoughts is genuinely helping us through this devastating time.'

Mr Boyd's funeral will take place St Mark's Church, in Oulton Broad, at 2pm on Thursday, January 28.

It will be followed by a private cremation and a celebration of Mr Boyd's life at the Hotel Victoria in Kirkley.

'We would love everyone to attend so we can share memories of Darren,' Mrs Boyd said.

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Mr Boyd has been described by his family as a 'brilliant son, brother and devoted uncle', as well as 'the best dad you could ever wish for'.

He worked as a porter at Morrisons in Pakefield and played for Hearts of Oak and Kirkley and Pakefield football clubs.

Mrs Boyd said after her husband's death: 'Darren was so deeply loved by so many people.'

Tributes were also paid from the wider community, with Mr Boyd's former colleagues at Morrisons contributing £450 to the fund-raising appeal and football matches across Lowestoft holding a minute's silence in his honour.

Lowestoft and District League referees appointments secretary Richard May said: 'The footballing community in Lowestoft are completely devastated.

'Darren was a gentleman on and off the field of play – a very kind person who was respected.

'The football community would be far, far better if we had more Darren Boyds.'

Mr Boyd's death is not being treated as suspicious and the case has been handed over to the coroner.

Would you like to pay tribute to Darren Boyd?

Write, giving your full contact details, to: Journal Postbox, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB or email andrew.papworth@archant.co.uk