School to close for funeral of tragic Owen

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FAIRHAVEN Primary School in Wordsley will close for the day tomorrow (Friday June 15) for the funeral of tragic pupil Owen Jeremy.

The popular eight-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest and died at Russells Hall Hospital on May 24 hours after suffering an asthma attack at school.

Fairhaven headteacher Dave Rowe said staff and pupils had been rocked by the sudden death of year three pupil Owen, whose funeral will be held tomorrow at Gornal Wood Crematorium at 11.40am.

And as a mark of respect, he has taken the decision to close the Barnett Lane school for the day.

Owen’s heartbroken mum Rowena said she wants the service to be a celebration of the always-on-the-go youngster’s life and she has asked mourners not to wear black.

In a moving tribute she told the News she and husband David, from Primrose Hill, have been left devastated by the death of Owen - their only son.

She said the Aston Villa mad youngster, who loved football, swimming, music and the environment, had dreams of becoming a “rock star scientist” and had been looking forward to a family break at Butlins over the Jubilee holiday when the tragedy struck.

Owen had suffered from brittle asthma since he was a toddler and had been in hospital on a number of occasions over the last few years but only for a night at a time.

Despite his condition he lived life to the full, his mum said, and although he had recently had a chest infection the gutsy youngster had gained his 50-metre swimming badge just the day before he died.

An inquest into his death was opened on June 7.

The cause, however, has not yet been determined and the hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

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