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Tunisia massacre victim 'a devoted husband and father'

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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