The final journey for Coby Simons, the Cranbrook pupil who died from flu

PUBLISHED: 16:11 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:41 23 February 2018

Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange.

Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange.

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It was an extremely sad day as Coby Simons, the nine-year-old pupil from Cranbrook’s St Martin’s Primary School, made his final journey in a horse-drawn hearse.

Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. The floral tributes included one saying 'I'm bored', which was one of Coby's favourite sayings. Picture: Paul Strange. Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. The floral tributes included one saying 'I'm bored', which was one of Coby's favourite sayings. Picture: Paul Strange.

Coby from Whipton, Exeter, died suddenly on Wednesday, January 24.

He’s thought to be the youngest person in the UK to have died from ‘flu this winter.

Followed by two Hummer limousines containing close members of his family, Coby’s hearse arrived at Exeter’s Crematorium shortly before 1.30pm on Friday, February 23.

A simple black coffin, square in shape, was surrounded by a number of floral tributes, including one saying ‘I’m bored’, which was one of Coby’s favourite sayings.

Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange. Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev Mark Gilborson, the former minister for Cranbrook, who is now an independent celebrant.

The chapel was completely full for the service, which featured some of Coby’s favourite hobbies, including WWE wrestling and YouTubers. Members of the family spoke of their memories of Coby, and some of his favourite music was played.

After the service, the Rev Gilborson, said that although it was a sad and devastating occasion, the family were determined that they would celebrate Coby’s life.

A book of thoughts, prayers and remembrance has been opened at St Martin’s school. There are also plans for funds to be raised for a memory bench.

Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange. Coby Simons' horse-drawn hearse arrives at Exeter Crematorium. Picture: Paul Strange.

“The school, the staff, the children and the parents have been very supportive, and that’s a great thing to see at such a difficult time,” said the Reverend Lythan Nevard, minister for Cranbrook.

Bearers take Coby Simons' coffin into the Exeter Crematorium chapel. Picture: Paul Strange. Bearers take Coby Simons' coffin into the Exeter Crematorium chapel. Picture: Paul Strange.

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