Mourners pay last respects at funeral for tragic teacher Lewis

The funeral Cortege of Lewis Siddall arrives at Rose Hill Crematorium. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Siddall MC 1
The funeral Cortege of Lewis Siddall arrives at Rose Hill Crematorium. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Siddall MC 1

Mourners gathered today for the funeral of a popular Doncaster teacher who died last month.

Lewis Siddall, aged 24, was found dead last month, the day after he was assaulted in a Doncaster town centre bar.

Lewis Siddall

Lewis Siddall

The hearse was followed into the Rose Hill Crematorium grounds in Cantley by two funeral cars carrying Mr Siddall’s family.

One of the many mourners, Kirstie-Louise Jackson, posted on Facebook afterwards, describing the service as ‘beautiful’.

She wrote: “What a beautiful service it was! Today just shows how many people’s lives he touched.

“Still can’t believe it to this day that it happened! Sleep tight Lewis.”

An inquest into Mr Siddal’s death was opened at Doncaster Coroner’s Court earlier this month.

The proceedings were adjourned until February to allow additional tests to be carried out by forensic pathologists and for the police to continue their investigations.

Mr Siddall’s body was identified by his brother, Blake Siddall, at the home he shared with his parents in Skellow at around 6.10am on Friday, August 14.

He had allegedly been assaulted at the VDKA bar in Silver Street at around 11 o’clock the night before.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

On Friday, staff and pupils at Copley Junior School, where Mr Siddall taught, will be releasing balloons in Mr Siddall’s memory.

Pupils will join with their families, school staff and last year’s year six pupils to release 300 balloons at the school, on Cadeby Road, at 4pm.

Writing in a letter sent home to parents last week, headteacher Elizabeth Crayton said: “Thank you for all your kind messages and sympathy following the sad death of Mr Siddall.”

The school will also be raising money for the Eve Merton Dreams Trust, as Mr Siddall was a keen supporter. The Doncaster cause helps local cancer victims realise a dream.

A Let’s Get Sporty week, which will give children the chance to experience a range of sports, is also being organised for March, to honour the PE and games teacher.

If you would like to donate to the Eve Merton Dreams Trust in Mr Siddall’s memory you can send money to the school.

The collection will close on Friday afternoon after the balloons are released.