IT was a day of happy memories, laughter and tears.
Kyle Luke Stock was laid to rest at St Paul’s Church, Birkenshaw, surrounded by hundreds of family and friends.
The funeral, held last Thursday, was standing room only as people came together to celebrate a life ended too soon.
War hero and father-to-be Kyle died when his motorbike crashed on June 26.
Delivering the eulogy, the Rev Tina Walker described him as a “thoroughly, thoroughly decent lad”.
She said: “Never in a million years would I want to be here laying Kyle to rest.
“But what a huge privilege.”
Kyle’s sister Lauren spoke on behalf of the Stock family, and read a poem written by Kyle’s partner, Emma Bloice, who lived with Kyle in Howden Clough, Birstall.
In it, she said that she and Kyle were “soulmates” and “two hearts beating as one”.
Lauren spoke of how he loved to be with his friends and was obsessed with cars from a young age.
She said Kyle was “a happy baby who grew into a cheeky little chappy”.
She added that the family were “so proud” when he joined the army aged 16.
Best friend Andrew Jenkins spoke of his early memories of Kyle, who he knew from age five.
He said Kyle was “the nicest guy I have ever known” and said he always kept in touch with all of his friends, even calling him from the frontline to wish him a happy birthday.
“No one could ever replace him,” he said. “I’ll miss him forever.”
Luke Maud, another of Kyle’s best friends, first met him while they were at Whitcliffe Mount School in Cleckheaton.
Talking about their “bromance” as “car buddies”, he said Kyle spent every minute driving, or working on, cars.
“We were always trying to out-do one another,” he said.
Luke said Kyle had been preparing his home for the arrival of his child with Emma.
“Everyone, including myself, has so many amazing memories of Kyle,” he said.
The church also heard of Kyle’s time in the armed forces. A collection raised £2,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Help For Heroes.