HUNDREDS of people came to pay their respects to two brothers tragically killed in the Nepal plane crash.
About 300 people packed into St Mary’s Church in Deane for the funeral of Vincent and Darren Kelly yesterday (FRI).
Tributes were paid to the pair, who died in a plane crash in Nepal on September 28, as they were on a journey to go a charity trek.
Moving tributes were read out by Rev Terry Clark, who said it was most full he had ever seen the church.
Vincent, aged 50, had been married to Jane for 31 years.
They met when she was aged just 15, and then again at 18. He asked her out three times before she finally said yes.
They were an adventurous family who loved holidays and exploring new places.
Darren, aged 45, was described as a fantastic father to his two children.
He ran a successful scaffolding business but sold that and moved to the Isle of Whithorn, a village in southern Galloway.
Darren had a passion for diving and was looking forward to visiting his daughter back packing in Australia.
His widow, Jannine, described their time as perfect, but not long enough, Rev Clark told the congregation.
Those who attended the funeral were asked to write down their memories of Vincent and Darren, which the family collected to put in a book.
Bookmarks featuring photographs of the two men were also given out with the order of service.
After the service, Vincent’s family said in a statement: “Vincent was a very much loved family man. He was a loving husband to Jane and devoted father to Lauren and James.
“He was our inspiration, as well as our hero. We will remember him as always being so loving and so caring.
"He was universally liked, admired and respected by everyone.
“We will never forget him and miss him more than words could possibly describe.
"Vincent will prove to be Heavens greatest asset, by being the brightest star in the night sky.”
Darren’s family did not wish to add anything yesterday, but his wife Jannine said shortly after he died: “Darren was my anchor and my best friend, no-one could have asked for a better husband and dad.
“He was known for his passion for diving and living, he was kind, thoughtful and always enjoyed a chat and a joke.
“Loved by all who met him, Darren will be missed more than we can say. He has left a huge void in all our lives.”