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Funeral held for 'colossus of Northern Ireland hairdressing' David Aumonier

Published 26/05/2016

Hundreds of people attend the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Hundreds of people attend the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Davis Aumonier at the funeral service for his father David the hair stylist who died after a short illness. Pic by Peter Morrison
Artist Terry Bradley attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Alan Simpson attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Lawrain Aumonier, wife of David Aumonier, attends his funeral in Bangor's First Presbyterian Church. Pic by Peter Morrison
Lawrain Aumonier, wife of David Aumonier, attends his funeral in Bangor's First Presbyterian Church. Pic by Peter Morrison
Davis Aumonier at the funeral service for his father David, the hair stylist who died after a short illness. Pic by Peter Morrison
Musician David Holmes attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Lawrain Aumonier, wife of David Aumonier, attends his funeral in Bangor First Presbyterian Church. Pic by Peter Morrison
Former pro-kick boxer Billy Murray attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Greg Cowan, from the band the Outcasts, attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Michael Deane and Kate Smyth attend the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Ivan Little attends the funeral of hair stylist David Aumonier in Bangor. Pic by Peter Morrison
Hairdresser David Aumonier outside his city centre salon
Hairdresser David Aumonier and wife Lawrain.

The funeral of renowned hairdresser David Aumonier (58) has taken place in Bangor.

Described by stylists as a "colossus" in the industry, he died after a battle with cancer.

Mr Aumonier's widow, Lawrain, said he died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his loving family.

Hundreds of people attended a service of thanksgiving was held in First Presbyterian Church, Bangor at 11am on Thursday.

Wife Lawrain and children Paris and Davis jokingly said he wanted everyone to know he was "a great lover".

George Jones sang Bring me Blue Moon and Bring Me Sunshine to remember the dedicated Manchester City football fan.

The service was led by the Reverend Mairisine Stanfield who said daughter Paris was daddy's girl and said that she was his proudest achievement.

Tributes to the stylist, described as an industry hero, have flooded in from his peers and major figures from the world of sport.

There has also been a outpouring of grief and support for the family, with many who knew Mr Aumonier paying their heartfelt respects.

Lawrain, who is originally from Edinburgh, is famous in her own right, having styled stars such as Sean Connery and Shirley Bassey.

The couple ran their business together in Bangor for more than two decades before David was diagnosed with the rare form of cancer leiomyosarcoma in 2012. Tragedy struck again a short time later when he broke his back in a fall.

That, together with what he called "adverse trading conditions", forced him to take a step back from hairdressing in 2013 after 40 years in the business, although he continued to work a couple of days a week when he felt well enough.

David was the first person from Northern Ireland to be nominated for the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards, receiving six nods.

Photographs of hairstyles he created have also been published in magazines right around the globe.

Clients were dedicated to David, with many travelling across Ireland and from further afield to be styled by him - including one woman who flew from Dubai every eight weeks for a hair appointment.

He also continued to indulge in his passion for football - Manchester City and Bangor FC were his twin loves, and he was a well-known and popular figure in the Co Down town.

The stylist clipped the barnets of the Northern Ireland squad for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, when their training base was at Clandeboye Road football ground.

Northern Ireland and Manchester United legend Norman Whiteside said: "Very sad news to hear of the passing of David Aumonier, real gent, cut the mullets in the '80s RIP."

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