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Carl Sargeant's funeral to be 'celebration' of life

Carl Sargeant was found dead on 7th November Credit: Family handout

The family of Carl Sargeant say his funeral will be a 'celebration' of his life and they have asked people to wear 'something that makes them feel happy'.

Sargeant’s funeral will take place on Friday 1st December at St Mark's Church in Connah's Quay.

The 49-year-old was found dead four days after being removed from his role as cabinet secretary for communities and children.

The father-of-two was suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of 'unwanted attention, inappropriate touching or groping.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Carl’s son Jack Sargeant said:

We continue to be inundated with so many kind messages of support from across the UK. Messages that have not only given us strength over recent days - but messages that have left us in no doubt as to the extent dad was loved and respected by those who knew him.

It has already been announced that dad will find rest on Friday, 1 December. My mum Bernie, sister Lucy and I have decided that day should be a celebration of dad’s life - not a day for mourning.

Everyone who knew dad will understand he wouldn’t want it any other way. He was never one for pomp. He was never one for ’airs and graces’. That was never his style.

So, we ask that there be no formal suits nor black worn on this day of celebration. We want people to wear something that makes them feel happy and to come and remember dad as he was - kind generous and the life and soul of the party. All friends - from far and wide - are welcome to St. Mark’s Church to join us.

– Jack Sargeant