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Thousands pay respects to hero dad at his funeral

Paul John Photo: MEN Syndication

More than a thousand people paid their respects at the funeral of a hero dad who saved his daughter’s life during a horror crash in Wythenshawe.

Emotional tributes were paid to father-of-two Paul John, who pushed nine-year-old Angela to safety when the pair were hit by a car earlier this month. Tragically, the Manchester Airport worker died from his injuries in hospital two days later.

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About 1,500 members of the community attended his funeral, which was held at St Anthony’s Church on Dunkery Road, Wythenshawe, on Tuesday.

Children from Angela’s school, St John Fisher and St Thomas More RC Primary, sang at the ceremony.

Paul, 47, who moved to the UK from India in 2001, was a devoted catholic and donated all of his organs to give the gift of life to others.

Sajan Chacko, president of the Manchester Knanaya Catholic Association and friend of the family, said:

There were many people at the funeral, from both the Indian community and the local community in Manchester.

People came across from Australia and America to attend the funeral.

His daughters Angela and Kimberley spoke, and said how they had lost both a father and a friend. They were very brave.

It was such an unexpected loss for the community when he passed away.

At the ceremony, people spoke of what a good man he was. He sacrificed his life and saved his daughter.

The priest said that he will be rewarded in heaven for what he has done. He will be remembered in all our hearts for ever and ever.

– Sajan Chacko

Head teacher of St John Fisher and St Thomas More, Dominic Hemington, said:

Everyone here in school is deeply saddened at the news of Paul John’s death following the tragic accident.

His daughter Angela is a kind and caring little girl, with a lovely family, who we know very well.

We are continuing to pray for everyone involved at this very sad time.

– Dominic Hemington