Hundreds mourn ‘hero’ Jono

HEARTBROKEN family, friends and workmates of crash victim Jonathan Scott gathered in Mexborough on Wednesday for the tragic teenager’s funeral.

Hundreds of tearful mourners gathered at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness on Dolcliffe Close to pay their last respects, at what was a sombre service.

The minister opened it by praising the number of people who attended, saying Jonathan’s parents Denise and Gary would “remember it for a long time”.

He described the road traffic accident which claimed the youngster’s life as a tragedy, which “no-one can be prepared for”.

The minister told how the popular former Mexborough School pupil – who would have been 18 in February – was serving an 18-month apprenticeship at Wilco Motosave in Mexborough. His boss described him as a “model apprentice who would do anything he was asked to do”.

Jono enjoyed holidays with a local family who moved to the Isle of Skye, where he also enjoyed riding a quad bike.

The Minister described how Jonathan became something of a hero, during an outing to a convention in Leeds a few years ago. The coach taking them suddenly caught fire on the motorway – but Jonathan stayed on board, to help passengers off after the vehicle had pulled over.

The service ended with prayers and the hymn“He Will Call”. The congregation then left for the burial service at Conisbrough Cemetery.