A superhero-themed funeral has been held for Conley Thompson, the seven-year-old who died when he fell down a pipe on a building site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK.
Family and friends wore clothing depicting Marvel comic book characters to reflect Conley’s love of the cartoons.
His coffin, which was also decorated with superheroes, arrived at St Thomas and St James’ Church, in Worsbrough, in a horse-drawn hearse with the driver dressed as Spiderman.
The Rev Trevor Keightley described Conley, who would have been eight on Monday, as a cheeky and “loveable rogue” who loved climbing and music.
“Everyone in Worsbrough, and around the country, was shocked when we heard of Conley’s tragic death,” he said. “Conley remains with us through the memories that many will have of him. We’ve been touched by Conley near and far.
“He was so full of life and promise, and that’s what hurts the most: never seeing him grow up. So we are left with the memories of Conley and those memories are to be treasured.”
Keightley read out a poem written for Conley by his aunt before he was born. Another poem described Conley’s love of Spiderman, Iron Man and the Avengers.
A search for Conley was launched on 26 July when he failed to return home after telling his mother he was going to play with friends. His body was found the next day in a pipe on the building site. A postmortem examination found that Conley died after becoming stuck in the vertical pipe.
South Yorkshire police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Detectives are investigating Conley’s movements on the day he died and appealed for anyone who may have seen him after 6pm on 26 July to come forward.
Floral tributes at the funeral included Thor’s hammer and an Avengers-themed wreath and one mourner carried a Spiderman balloon.
Conley’s mother, Paula, wore a Marvel comic dress, while his grandmother wore leggings patterned with the superheroes and a red T-shirt saying “Conley and Super Nan-nan”.