Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey brought everyone to tears as she paid a brave and emotional tribute to the late The Wanted singer at his funeral today.
There was not a dry eye left amongst family and friends as Kelsey, who had prerecorded her message, said Tom ‘taught their children how to be brave’.
Doting Kelsey referred to Tom as her ‘soulmate’ and said they ‘lived a 1000 lives’ in 13 years together.
She also said he’d still be here if ‘love alone could have saved him.’
Tom, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor seventeen months ago, tragically passed away last month aged 33.
His beloved wife Kelsey and their two young children, who often referred to themselves and the family as ‘Positive Parkers’, have been devastated by his death, as have his fans.
Kelsey today said: “You’ve shown our children how to be brave, courageous and strong.
“Even in our darkest days, we tried to stay positive. Positive Parker’s forever.
“[The children] will always know how much you loved them. And let’s be honest, they now have the best guardian angel looking over them through life and so have I.
“We will carry on your legacy forever.
“I just want to thank Noreen and Nigel (Tom’s parents) for raising the man I fell in love with and bringing him into the world because he is my world.
‘Soulmates… that is what we are. You were my best friend but more.
“You are the one person in the world who knows me better and who I know better than anyone.
“You are the one who accepted me and believed in me before anyone else did.
“And we truly lived a 1000 years in 13 years.
“We have had a lifetime together and I will carry you, my soulmate, with me until we meet again.
“Our souls are endless. I can still feel you with me now.”
Before kissing her husband’s coffin and placing a white flower on top, Kelsey also said: “Remember I love you one more than you can ever say,. You will always be my angel Tommy boy in the sky. If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.
‘I love you, babe, from your babe.’
The Wanted fans, at the family’s request, joined Tom’s family and friends at the ‘celebration of life’ and lined the high street as a horse drawn carriage led the way.
Tom’s bandmates Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes and Siva Kaneswaran carried his coffin into the church and had tears in their eyes.
Max, 33, also spoke saying Tom would ‘always be a brother to me and my bandmates’ and they would never forget his laugh.
He also laughed when he told that Tom was “the only member of The Wanted to have a punch up with The Wanted”.
“All I’ve got to say is he’s left us far too early.
“We’ll miss him so much and I think the heartbreak shared here today is a credit to the love Tom spread around the world, outside. It’s a credit to him. You rest easy mate.”
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