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Fond farewell to Torquay fisherman Andy Westaway

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Andy Westaway

Andy Westaway

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HUNDREDS of family and friends have said a fond farewell to Torquay fisherman Andy Westaway.

The 46-year-old, father-of-two (pictured) died while fishing in Babbacombe Bay on board the 19ft-long open deck JCK.

It is thought Mr Westaway was caught out in horrendous stormy conditions and was knocked overboard while on his way back into Torquay.

More than 120 people, including many from the fishing community, gathered at Torquay Crematorium to say one last farewell to a 'devoted husband, loving father, a good son, loyal brother and a great friend'.

During the service conducted by David Sams, several readings reminded the congregation of Andy's love for his wife Kathryn and their daughters Charlotte and Samantha and his love of the sea.

It was said that Andy was passionate about fishing since he was a young boy and after a series of jobs in the building industry, in the catering and hotel trades, he became a professional fisherman.

Mr Sams added: "Andy loved the sea and loved fishing. He also loved music festivals and had been going to Glastonbury and many other festival since he was a teenager.

"He enjoyed karate which he had taken up with his daughter and was asked to teach the younger children.

"Andy provided great support to his sister in law when his brother Stuart died.

"He was a devoted husband, a loving dad and a good son. He was a loyal brother and a great friend, neighbour and colleague."

Mr Sams read Those We Love Remain With Us, A Friend Is Someone We Turn To, Although You Cannot See Me, and three other readings dedicated to the love Andy bore his wife, his daughters and all his friends and family.

There was music from Justin Haywood, Breaks Co-op, a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson and a final song by Fleetwood Mac.

Family members and friends then retired for the wake to the Devon Dumpling pub in Shiphay.

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