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'He was the kind of person the world wants': Footballer pays tribute to 'charismatic' late uncle with winning goal

PUBLISHED: 13:14 03 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:36 03 April 2019

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of  Lowestoft Town FC v Berkhamsted FC 3rd April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town goalscorer Cion Wren, Jack Wilkinson in background.
Note: exif data time is UTC not BST

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Berkhamsted FC 3rd April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town goalscorer Cion Wren, Jack Wilkinson in background. Note: exif data time is UTC not BST

Shirley D Whitlow

A heartbroken footballer has dedicated his winning goal to his late uncle, just hours before he attended the funeral.

Peter Wren, 63, was described as a Peter Wren, 63, was described as a "charismatic, big personality" who was lovable. Picture: Contributed by Brian Wren.

Cion Wren, 18, who is attacking midfielder for Lowestoft Town, kissed his hand are reached to the sky uttering the words “that’s for you” as a tribute to his music loving uncle, Peter Wren.

“He was someone who never left his teenage years,” said Peter’s younger brother, Brian Wren, “He was a charismatic, big personality, lovable, just the real true definition of a big brother.

“He was a totally decent person, the kind of person the world wants. He would never want to blow his on trumpet.

“Never thought of himself, but always cared for the people around him - I think that is the reason why everyone knew him in the town,” he said.

Brian Wren described Peter as Brian Wren described Peter as "the true definition of a big brother". Picture: Contributed by Brian Wren

The 63-year-old died suddenly following a heart attack on Lowestoft Road North on March 6. Members of the community, police and medical services rushed to his side, but he couldn’t be resuscitated.

“He loved his music, he used to go to visit the off shore radio stations in the 60s before Radio One. I don’t have any pictures on board the radio ship as was an ‘illegal’ activity.

“He just kept up with all the modern music and has been collecting vinyl since the 60s,” he said.

His collection spans over four decades and Mr Wren and his two son’s, Cion and Kyle, have been tasked to back them up as a digital copies.

The music lover has 11,000 records, cassettes and CD's in total and would visit off-shore radio stations in the 60s. Picture: Contriuted by Brian WrenThe music lover has 11,000 records, cassettes and CD's in total and would visit off-shore radio stations in the 60s. Picture: Contriuted by Brian Wren

He has over 11,000 in total - 8,600 7” vinyl, around 3,000 cassettes and CDs, then about 100 each 12” singles and albums.

“When Eastern Coach Works closed he came with me on the markets at Great Yarmouth, the Sunday markets at Beccles and Snetterton, at that time we were making and selling headboards.”

In a post to Facebook, Mr Wren thanked the community for calling the emergency services and performing CPR.

“He was selfless, the very first memory I have was me balling my eyes out for mummy on the first day of school and he came and sat with me to make me feel better.

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of  Lowestoft Town FC v Berkhamsted FC 3rd April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town player Cion Wren (Left of group) being congratulated by Adam Smith. Referee is Paul Burnham. 

Note: exif data time is UTC not BSTShirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Berkhamsted FC 3rd April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town player Cion Wren (Left of group) being congratulated by Adam Smith. Referee is Paul Burnham. Note: exif data time is UTC not BST

“I wish I appreciated him more,” he said.

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