"Gone, far, far too soon" - Funeral service held for nightclub assault victim Jordan Bell

A funeral service has been held for Jordan Bell, who died two weeks after an alleged street assault in Sunderland city centre.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 2:24 pm

The 27-year-old from Southwick was found injured by a member of the public outside a night club in the Holmeside area shortly before 9pm on Friday, July 10.

The service at Sunderland Crematorium, streamed live due to Covid restrictions, opened with Jenn Bostic’s ‘Jealous of the Angels’, before civil celebrant Debbie told the congregation: “Our ceremony today is our opportunity to pay tribute to a fine man, a good man.”

Jordan had died ‘far, far too soon’’ she said, and ‘no words, no matter how gently spoken or sincerely meant can take away the pain and devastation’.

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Jordan Bell, who died aged 27 after an assault on Holmeside

She said: "We mourn for a life that was and for a life that still might have been but today we also remember the happier times days and the times of of Jordan’s life.”

Jordan had been six-years-old when he and sister Sarah had come into their parents, Tracy and Andy, lives, said Debbie: “They were just so, so happy and absolutely besotted with their two kids, and the family were extremely close.

"Jordan and Sarah were especially close – he was very protective of her. The two of them were always together.”

Aged 16, Jordan had wanted his independence and gone to live at Centre Point in Sunderland: “Jordan was a very shy young man, who kept himself to himself, but as time went on he made some really good friends there and when he got to know them, he certainly came out of his shell,” said Debbie.

A funeral service for Jordan Bell has been held at Sunderland Crematorium

“If you had Jordan as a friend, you knew you had a loyal friend and a friend for life. He was such a lovely, lovely young man, who would do anything for anyone, he was so kind and thoughtful like that.”

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Recently he had started work with Mitie, she said: “Very quickly, he established the conscientious, hard-working ethic which became one of his hallmarks and he became a highly respected colleague and friend. Nothing was a bother for him.

"He was a young man who worked hard, a young man whose script was still being written, and a young man who still had so much more to achieve.”

Jordan Bell was described as hard working and loyal at his funeral service

She told the congregation: “Jordan is at peace now and so we must try and take some consolation for that on his behalf.

"It is okay to mourn but today we can also celebrate him. We celebrate a young man who wove indelible marks into the very fabric of all your lives, a true gentleman whose endeavours and tireless devotion to you all ensures that.

“We celebrate a warm, kind, lovely man who is now missed so very much.

The congregation listened to Maroon 5’s Memories, before Debbie told them: “Cherish the moments you shared with Jordan. Remember his story, his courage, his kindness."

The service closed with the One Voice Children’s Choir’s cover of Linkin Park’s One More Light.

He is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on Monday, August 24.

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