A fun and big hearted “gentle giant” was remembered by hundreds of friends and family yesterday as they came together to say their final goodbyes to the man they will remember as ‘King Clemo’.
In a sea of pink, hundreds of people gathered at Thornhill Crematorium to celebrate the life of 24-year-old Daniel Clemo.
Daniel died after swimming at Cantref Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons on July 14.
Many of the mourners wore pink T-Shirts with the words King Clemo and the number 11 printed on the back and walked behind the coffin as it set off from his family home in Trecenydd, in Caerphilly.
Six pallbearers walked ahead of the coffin as it arrived at the crematorium and was carried into Wenallt Chapel to the sound of Every Breath You Take by The Police.
Reverend Malcolm Shapland, who was leading the service, said: “When we think about Daniel, we think about his laughter and his love.”
He said he will be remembered as a “great sportsman”, having once scored 63 tries in a season at Nelson, but also as a son, brother, friend and cousin.
He said: “He gave so much to others, he made other people happy.”
Rev Shapland described him as a “gentle giant”.
He said: “He was the life and soul of the party, a very happy person at the heart of his family and he wasn’t shy about giving the love that he felt.”
He said he gave the gift of fun and adventure to everyone.
The service included the hymn Morning Has Broken and one of Daniel’s friends sang Danny Boy.
A poem, entitled King Clemo, written by a friend of Daniel’s was read by Rev Shapland and included the words: “Such a loyal friend through and through, A personality as big as his heart, No one would have thought he’d be taken so soon, Our lives been torn apart.”
The service ended with Forever Young and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now as photos from Daniel’s life were shown on a screen.
A charity rugby match will be held at Senghenydd Rugby Club on Saturday from 2.30pm in his memory.