Community pays tribute

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Family and friends packed out the Empire WMC in South Elmsall on Friday to celebrate the life of former club member Wayne Murray.

Almost 500 mourners attended Mr Murray’s funeral at Pontefract Crematorium, before raising a glass to him at the club.

Mr Murray, 54, died following a motorcycle accident on August 22 when he was travelling home from Ackworth to South Elmsall.

Mr Murray had been a member at the Empire since leaving Minsthorpe High School at the age of 18.

His friend David Hodgkiss, 54, who delivered the eulogy, said: “It was a testament to just how well- liked Wayne was that so many people turned up to his funeral.

“Wayne loved his bike, his life, his family, his beer and his mates. The Empire will not be the same without him.”

Mr Murray leaves two sons, Joel, 22 and Jason, 25, and a nine-month-old granddaughter Frankie.

He was also the grandfather of Madison Murray, who died from a rare genetic disorder.

The Express reported last month that a nursery and sensory unit was built at Burntwood Community Centre in South Kirkby in honour of Madison.

Joel Murray said:“I think it just shows just how important it is to tell the people you care about that you love them as often as possible.

“My dad is going to be incredibly missed.”

The family thanked Maggie Murphy for her help with catering at the event at the Empire.