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Jordan's life is celebrated

PUBLISHED: 16:35 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

MORE than 400 people turned out to celebrate the life of much-loved teenager Jordan Smith.

Family and friends paid their respects to the 17-year-old Lowestoft College student at his funeral service at Gorleston Crematorium and at a celebration of his life at the Corton Hut.

MORE than 400 people turned out to celebrate the life of much-loved teenager Jordan Smith.

Family and friends paid their respects to the 17-year-old Lowestoft College student at his funeral service at Gorleston Crematorium and at a celebration of his life at the Corton Hut.

Jordan suffered from a rare blood-clotting disorder that led to a huge stroke, with his life support machine at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, being turned off on June 2.

But leaving behind a legacy for others, he donated his organs to save six lives.

This week, his parents Steve and Donna paid tribute to those who attended the service and celebration on Wednesday last week.

Jordan's mum said: “It was amazing how many people attended and we did not think that they would all fit into the crematorium.”

The family had some special service sheets produced showing images of Jordan as he grew up into a teenager who was much loved by the community.

Ria Ritchie, one of his close friends, also wrote and performed a special song.

Donna said: “It was really moving and very touching.”

Later, at the Corton Hut, fireworks ended the day in spectacular fashion.

Among numerous heartfelt sentiments which have been sent to The Journal there was a touching letter this week from Jordan's grandparents Mary and Fred.

“I would just like to thank everyone who came to Jordie's funeral,” the letter reads. “It was amazing to see so many of Jordie's schoolfriends, college friends. What a proud day it was for me to see over 400 people at the funeral, but an extra special thank you to Dale, Callum, Craig and his dad for carrying him into the crematorium. I was so proud of you all.”

Tributes are continuing to be made to Jordan through our website and you can add yours by e-mailing mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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