MORE than 100 family members and friends travelled to Torquay to say one last farewell to Andy Batty (pictured) — a 'big man with a big personality'.
Mr Batty's sons and daughters, his friends from the Brixham Rugby Club where he had been a gateman on match days, and colleagues from KJ Engineering, where he worked as a motor mechanic, came to pay tribute to the Chesterfield man.
There wasn't an empty seat at Torquay Crematorium where the 48-year-old's funeral took place on Tuesday with many more mourners standing outside.
As Mr Batty's coffin was led in, Living Years, by Mike and The Mechanics, was played.
The Rev Peter Williamson, who conducted the service, said it was important that those who had gathered to say goodbye to Andy remembered not how he died but how he lived.
He said: "Andy was a big man with a big personality who touched so many people's lives. Thanks you on behalf of Andy's family for being here today. Your presence matters.
"Their sense of loss is also your sense of loss.
"Because his death was so sudden, the shock was even greater."
Rev Williamson said Mr Batty, who died as a result of an anaphylactic shock after being bitten by a horse fly, had made a massive contribution to so many people's lives.
He said: "Andy wanted his memories of him to be happy ones. He would always help others. People's lives have been enhanced because of him.
"Andy liked socialising. Interaction between each other is what life is all about.
"Andy was also involved with the rugby club but his biggest passion was for horses and Bess, in particular.
"Horses are wonderful creatures and very much were at the heart of Andy's life.
"Andy was a big man with a big personality. Please hold on to your memories of your Andy."
I'm Already There, by American country music band Lonestar, was played while mourners reflected on Mr Batty's life. Following a short committal, Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell was played as mourners left the crematorium to meet again at Brixham Rugby Club for a wake.