A heartwarming tribute was paid to a well-liked postman at his funeral in Maidstone after he tragically died from coronvirus.
Paul Dunmill, of Sutton Valence, misplaced his life on January 30 following a troublesome three-week battle with COVID-19.
However on the 56-year-old’s funeral on Thursday (February 25), probably the most unimaginable farewell procession occurred in his honour.
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In a nod to his dedication to the job and 40 years of service, the funeral procession adopted his standard supply route.
Starting in South Lane, Sutton Valence, it then made its approach by means of Coxheath and East Farleigh, stopping in Gallants Lane at Paul’s memorial plaque exterior Kent Home.
The remainder of the convoy of Royal Mail vans joined the procession from the Lidl automobile park in Tovil, earlier than all of them arrived at Vinters Park Crematorium.
And the lengthy line of pink vans was an emotional sight, exhibiting simply how cherished Paul was by so many.
Paul’s son Craig Dunmill selected white horses with the carriage to hold out the journey, as an alternative of black to “preserve issues as vibrant as potential, reflecting dad’s character, with pink plumes on the horses to symbolize the Royal Mail. A job he cherished for 40 years.”
A JustGiving web page has been arrange in Paul’s honour, already elevating greater than £10okay in help of his widow Susan and son Craig.
The web page, which has in extra of 300 donations, was arrange by Simone Perkins.
‘Absolutely the sunshine in everybody’s day’
She wrote: “This web page is being created in loving reminiscence of our dearest Postie Paul – absolutely the sunshine in everybody’s day in East Farleigh.
“He was truthfully the loveliest man to stroll these paths and lanes. The kindest man, probably the most honourable.
“Wind, rain or shine, his cheerful soul would ship our submit with all the time that very same giving smile.
“All the time time to speak, to care, to go away these parcels hidden.
“To play and love the pets of ours that adored him.
“To assist repair a wheel arch again on with gaffer tape, swing on a tree department so you would attain to noticed it. This was Paul.
“The tales and anecdotes are infinite. He was particular.
“Above and past. Everyone’s pal. Beloved by all, for miles.”
‘The brightest star up there’
The web page provides: “Please take this chance to present a bit one thing for his household, to assist them heal.
“To create a memoriam perhaps, take his retirement goals and stay them for him, for them. No matter will metal them ahead of their loss.
“We are going to all miss you terribly Postie Paul. Completely the brightest star up there now. Shine down on us all the time beautiful man.”
You possibly can donate to Paul’s household on the JustGiving web page here.