Logan Folger funeral: Chesterfield schoolboy hailed as ‘hero to family, friends and community’
Heartfelt tributes were paid to heroic Chesterfield schoolboy Logan Folger at his funeral service – as hundreds of loved ones gathered to remember a wonderful young life lost far too soon.
The 14-year-old tragically died at Sheffield Children’s Hospital last month after being rescued from Chesterfield Canal by emergency teams.
The opening of Logan’s inquest heard he was trying to save one of his friends from the water when they got into difficulty in the canal at Staveley.
Logan’s emotional funeral service took place at Staveley Methodist Church on Saturday.
His mother Stacey Bentley, who writes poems, penned some beautiful words about Logan – whose sister also sadly died a few years ago.
Stacey courageously read the words out during the service, saying: “Heaven needed another angel, I guess it wasn't enough to just take one.
“They already took your big sister, now they’ve taken our son.
“We love and miss you both so dearly, if only we could make you stay – our hearts would be whole again, and all this pain would go away.
“Son, you are our hero, so caring and so kind.
“We are proud of every part of you, we just wish you didn’t have to leave us behind.
“Please always remember my precious blue eyed boy – you’re my hero, my pride and my joy."
Reverend Richard Harris described the much-loved and popular teenager as ‘a hero to his family, to his friends, to this community’.
“In the sadness of this day, the day that we never thought we'd have to face, we nonetheless remember the courage of a brave young man,” he said.
“His bravery saved the life of a friend."
Rev Harris said Logan was ‘completely unique, always entertaining, a lovable rogue and always on the go’.
“People were drawn to him, his warmth, his generosity, his friendship, his infectious smile,” he added.
“Logan made everyone smile – that was true right from the beginning.
“He was deeply compassionate, thoughtful, kind, a tremendously good listener.
“Popular, empathetic, respectful and never nasty, Logan had a genuine interest in other people and helped a lot of people.
“Polite and well-mannered, he'd been brought up well – and he brought great joy to his family, friends and the wider community.”
He said Logan – who started his education at Speedwell Infants School before going to Staveley Junior School then on to Springwell and Hasland Support Centre – had many interests, including being outdoors, music and vehicles.
Rev Harris added: “Logan had a lot more to give – but he'd already been giving throughout his life, and it's important we remember that.
“Tragedy has taken him too soon.
“His life was rich, rewarding, happy, and he has brought so much light, so much that is good, so much laughter and enjoyment – and we can always hold on to those memories and treasure them.
“He was a hero.”
The service heard that Logan’s family would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support.