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Star Wars Themed Funeral
A Hamilton funeral director helped pay tribute to a Star Wars fanatic by holding a themed send-off.
The funeral of Andrew Strachan, saw staff from Young’s Independent Funeral Services dress as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers.
Andrew, an IT worker at Virgin Media in Airdrie, sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 27.
His funeral service was held at South Lanarkshire Crematorium in Blantyre on July 11.
Friends and family paid tribute to the Coatbridge man by wearing Star Wars T-shirts for the occasion, while music from the film’s sound track was played at the venue.
Andrew’s partner Sylvia Hoey said: “Andrew loved Star Wars.
“He collected memorabilia and we watched the movies regularly. We were even going to go to London for the Star Wars conference.
“The idea for his funeral came about mutually with myself and his friends and family really, and a lot of us wore Star Wars T-shirts too.
“It was just his cup of tea. This is a thing Andrew would have loved in life, and I’m sure he would have loved it in death.”
David Young, principal funeral director at Young’s, which has premises on Cadzow Street, added: “A funeral service should always focus on the person who has passed, whilst considering the wishes of those close to them, who are left to make funeral arrangements.
“In life, our loves and interests are as individual to us as we are as people.
“A funeral director’s job is to listen, understand and ultimately direct a funeral service that reflects that person’s life.
“It is a rare privilege to assist families during such a difficult point, and we feel very honoured to have conducted Mr Strachan’s funeral service in the way he would have wanted.”