Mourners pay final tributes to popular tennis coach Jack Groves
TENNIS rackets adorned with flowers were left in tribute as hundreds of mourners turned out to say goodbye to a beloved and popular tennis coach.
More than 200 family members and friends filled Slough Crematorium on Friday last week for the funeral of Jack Groves from Taplow, who was hit by a train in Maidenhead on June 12.
Jack's sister Coral Groves, 27, who spoke at the funeral and read a poem for her brother, said: "To my beautiful Jack, I miss you more and more with every day that passes.
"I am so proud to call myself your sister. I love you so much."
Jack's father also paid tribute to his 24-year-old son's sporting abilities and his passion for tennis and football, asking for donations to be given to Burnham Youth Club, where Jack had recently started volunteering as a tennis coach.
The hearse carrying Jack to the crematorium in Stoke Road was decorated with a purple floral display spelling out his name, with tennis balls placed on the roof of the car.
Notes to Jack left with bunches of flowers said: "We hope you are at peace and happy coaching all the little angels even though you are missed here terribly. All our love Bev, Tom, Hannah and Gez" and "A great friend, a great tennis coach, a great person. You will be greatly missed. Love Sukie, Deeps and Rajie."
Another said: "Dear Jack, I hope that you are now at peace and I will see you again one day. Love you always, Nan."
The professional tennis coach had completed a Diploma at Amersham and Wycombe College, and had been coaching at Stoke Park for around two years.
The former Burnham Upper School student was hit by a Bristol to Paddington train at around 10pm on Tuesday, June 12, and was declared dead at the scene.