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Tunisia massacre victim 'a devoted husband and father'

Published 27/07/2015

The coffin of Tunisian terror attack victim John Stollery is carried from St Edmund's Church after his funeral service in Walesby, Nottinghamshire
The coffin of Tunisian terror attack victim John Stollery is carried from St Edmund's Church after his funeral service in Walesby, Nottinghamshire

About 200 mourners have attended the funeral of a "devoted" husband and father murdered in last month's mass shooting in Tunisia.

Family, friends and colleagues of veteran social worker John Stollery were joined by members of his former army regiment - the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment - at the service in Walesby, Nottinghamshire.

Mr Stollery, 58, worked for Nottinghamshire County Council for more than three decades, including 16 years dedicated to helping children in care.

In a statement issued before the funeral, Mr Stollery's wife Cheryl said: "John was a devoted husband, my best friend and a fantastic dad to our son Matthew and we miss him every moment of every day.

"Matt and I are finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with the way John was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way when we were just on a family holiday together."

Speaking of her pride at the "outstanding" tributes paid to her husband since his death, the grieving widow added: "John, you always gave of yourself to others and to us so we could have brighter future.

"Shine brightly with the stars above. Love and miss you forever."

In a separate statement, Mr Stollery's colleague, Steve Edwards, added: "We have lost a truly magnificent social worker and there will be a huge gap in the lives of the children he cared for."

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