Funeral arranged for Tunisia terrorist victim

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The funeral of Walesby social worker John Stollery, who was killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack, will take place next week.

John, 58, was one of 38 victims killed in the attack in June.

He worked at Nottinghamshire County Council for the past 33 years and for the last 16 years was a dedicated social worker working with children in care.

The funeral service will take place at 3pm on Monday, July 27 at St Edmund’s Church in Walesby.

It will be a celebration of John’s life and achievements and, at the request of John’s wife, those attending are asked to wear something pink, John’s favourite colour.

Family, friends and close colleagues will wear pink ribbons as a tribute to a much loved husband, father and exceptional social worker.

The service will be followed by a private committal service for family and close friends at Sherwood Forest Crematorium, Ollerton.

The family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Society in lieu of flowers and can be donated through funeral directors AW Lymn by Gift Aid in John’s name and at donation boxes at St Edmund’s Church.

Members of John’s former regiment, 2 Para, will also be in attendance.

John’s wife Cheryl said: “John was a devoted husband, my best friend and a fantastic dad to our son Matthew and we miss him every moment of every day.

“We had so many plans and dreams about our future together and I feel so lost and empty without him.

“Matt and I are finding it extremely difficult to come to terms with the way John was taken from us in such a horrific and tragic way when we were just on a family holiday together.

“I feel privileged to have been his wife and I’m so proud of the outstanding tributes that have been paid in his memory.”

Cheryl added: “John, you always gave of yourself to others and to us so we could have brighter future. Shine brightly with the stars above. Love and miss you forever.

“Matt and I also wish to remember the other victims and their families and we want to send our warmest and sincere thanks to everyone who has offered us kindness and support over the last few weeks.”

Close colleague Steve Edwards added: “We have lost a truly magnificent social worker and there will be a huge gap in the lives of the children he cared for.”