Belfast Telegraph

Euro 2016: Hairdresser David Aumonier's ashes scattered by son in Nice

By Allan Preston

The son of top Northern Ireland hairdresser David Aumonier has scattered his father's ashes in the French stadium where he would have watched tonight's match against Ukraine.

David - a passionate football supporter - and his son Davis had been planning to attend the Euro finals together.

But David - who clipped the hair of the Northern Ireland squad for the 1982 and 1986 World Cups - sadly passed away last month at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer.

A lifelong devotee of the Northern Ireland football team, David - known to his many famous clients as "Mr Bangor" - had long dreamed of travelling to the Euros with his son.

Yesterday, David was given a fitting final resting place as his son scattered his ashes in Nice in the stadium where Northern Ireland will play Ukraine this evening.

Posting on social media, Davis shared a picture of his dad cheering at an earlier game, along with a special Northern Ireland flag and the message: "David Aumonier, 1957-2016, Mr Football, Always with us."

Davis also wrote: "A sad but beautiful day. Scattered them on the seat he would have. Seat 69 obviously. xxx Love you dad, see you on the other side."

In David's final weeks, his son also recorded a charity song, Don't Worry, to comfort his father.

David's friend Alan Simpson commented on the tribute online, saying: "Sending XL hugs from the coast. He would have been very proud of you Davis Aumonier and bet he is missing the banter. Can just hear him roaring 'Sensaaational'."

Mr Aumonier's funeral took place last Thursday at a packed service in First Bangor Presbyterian Church.

Speaking afterwards, fellow hairdresser Paul Stafford said: "When I started out in hairdressing, David was a hero.

"He was a superstar and for me that is what we aspired to. We just wanted to be like David."

The former BBC Radio Ulster presenter George Jones, who sang at the service, called Mr Aumonier a friend to everyone.

"In my lifetime of knowing David, I have never heard anyone say a bad word about him and he never had a bad word to way about everyone else."

"He will be remembered most for his big smile, the big chuckle and most of all his love of football - and particularly Manchester City."

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