Tearful farewell has been said to a “golden little boy” tragically killed after being bitten by his family’s dog.
The funeral of three-week-old Reggie Young saw hundreds gather at Sunderland Minster today, with his loved ones and many other mourners wearing baby blue as part of their dress for the service.
Reggie’s tiny blue coffin, engraved with his name, arrived and departed from the short funeral service on a white carriage, drawn by grey horses. Huge floral tributes spelled out Reggie, grandson and son were also laid out.
The crowd stood silent as the bells of the church chimed before he was carried into the minster, followed by his family, including parents Maria Blacklin and Ryan Young.
Canon Provost Sheila Bamber, the Durham Diocese most senior woman clergy member, led the service.
She told the congregation: “Reggie Simon Richardson Young – names that embed him into your family.
“Richardson after his grandfather, himself a bit of a character in his day and Reggie was a character in your family right from the first moment.
“He was simply amazing in his perfection, absolutely gorgeous, a golden little boy who brought a ray of sunshine into your family.
“Reggie was a contented baby, easy and alert, smiley, but with a pouty face too – a charmer and a bit of a poser from the word go.
“Our music is about angels, and it seemed for a while that one of them was going to complete Ryan’s 5-aside team.”
He was simply amazing in his perfection, absolutely gorgeous, a golden little boy who brought a ray of sunshine into your family.Canon Provost Sheila Bamber
After the funeral came to a close, the funeral procession returned High Street West, where balloons decorated with Winnie the Pooh scenes and ‘Reggie’ were carried out an accompanied the carriage to a burial at Bishopwearmouth.
Reggie, who lived in Falkland Road, Ford Estate, with his family died in hospital after he was attacked by the family’s terrier-style dog on June 20.
Among the notes left on bouquets inside the carriage was one which read: “RIP Baby Reggie.
“Thinking of you and all your family at this sad time. Sleep tight.”
A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death and is on bail until early next month.
The dog involved in the incident is alive, with the investigation into Reggie’s death continuing.
An inquest into Reggie’s death was formally opened and adjourned at Sunderland Coroner’s Court around a fortnight ago.
A Home Office pathologist failed to find the precise cause of death during a post mortem examination. A full hearing will take place on November 12.
Reggie’s funeral costs were covered by donations and support from suppliers, with an online appeal set up in his name to fundraise.
A poem for Reggie
A poem which featured on of the many cards sent to the family following the tragedy formed the centrepiece of the celebration to mark his short life.
Remembering a little angel
You were a little bright star, our angel of love
but now your light shines from Heaven above.
Too precious to stay down here on this earth
God must have known what your pure soul was worth
There’s no other reason you couldn’t stay long
that thought keeps us going when we need to be strong
Though the pain never leaves it will ease with each year
but we’ll always miss you and wish you were here.