Here’s one that’ll get you right in the feels, as the kids say nowadays:
After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January, 4-year old Jack Robinson of the small village of Denmeade, Hampshire in England–through the generosity of his community and several celebrities–completed a “Bucket List” that concluded with an unique Star Wars funeral. More after the jump:
Jack’s funeral was held yesterday, complete with a white, horse-drawn carriage with “JEDI” written on it in flowers, and a Stormtrooper honor guard.
During the funeral ceremony at All Saint’s Church in Denmeade, the order of service read:
Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014
Plus the church’s brass band played the “Luke Skywalker Theme” from Star Wars: A New Hope (below)
Other items on the young Padawan’s list included a face-to-face meeting with singer Gary Barlow of Take That, a festive early birthday party, a ride in a fire engine, and a video conference with the 11th Doctor himself: Matt Smith:
Smith described Jack as the:
world’s biggest Doctor Who fan
He even “sang” the Doctor Who theme for the young Whovian.
Surgeons removed 40% of Jack’s tumor when his mother, Marie, called and ambulance after finding him with enlarged pupils and labored breathing, but the rest of it proved to be inoperable. The 4 1/2 year old remained in good spirits to the end–as his mother recalls:
Jack always had that cheeky grin on his face. Even when we were in hospital and I was sleeping next to him, he would poke me in the back with a lightsaber, then very quickly hit it and grin at me.
In just four-and-a-half years, Jack achieved what many people spend a lifetime doing. He was only a little boy but he brought people together, from all over the world.
Here is a series of photos from the funeral, courtesy of the Daily Mail:
Nerd Bastards salutes you, Jack Robinson: You have truly become more powerful than we could possibly have imagined.
We conclude this tribute with these words from Jack’s father–Terence Robinson:
Jack was a special boy, he was unique and brought everyone together.
We needed to give him a unique send off, and the brilliant sunshine that came out for it was Jack looking down on us.
I will always love you son.