By Kris Jepson
More than a hundred mourners gathered at Newcastle's West Road Crematorium to pay their respects to 30-year-old Neil Stewart.
The father of two from Newcastle's Westend has been laid to rest six weeks after he fell off a party boat into Amsterdam's North Sea Canal in November.
His mother, Alma Stewart, said in her eulogy, he was "my Neil, the loveable rogue" and "not one to mince his words, he was honest, considerate and very kind".
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In an emotional tribute she told the congregation how her son's "crowning glory" were his two children.
Mr Stewart's body was found after a major two week search by Dutch police.
During the search, boats from the fire service and the harbour company were launched and a police helicopter was deployed. Search teams also used sonar equipment and search dogs to help find him.
Mr Stewart had been given the surprise weekend away to Amsterdam by his fiancee, Chelsea, and the couple had been celebrating the engagement of their friend, Glynn Ferris, on a party boat on one of the city's canals.