Hundreds pay tribute at funeral of Stoke-on-Trent councillor Paul Breeze

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Hundreds of people packed into the Carmountside Cemetery and Crematorium to say goodbye to popular Stoke-on-Trent city councillor Paul Breeze.

The humanist service conducted by celebrant Donna Lear was attended by friends, relatives and colleagues of Mr Breeze, including the Mayor and many councillors.

The 62-year-old’s funeral was held just three weeks following his death after he collapsed in the street in Hanley.

Born in Stoke, Cllr Breeze lived in the city all his life and was an avid Stoke City fan.

He always liked helping people and had a reputation for being a problem solver.

When he was younger he even smashed eggs on his head to keep his cousins entertained.

His three sons, John, 32, Mark, 30, and Rick, 28, spoke of their father’s passion for writing and how some of his songs were performed at the service.

John, Cllr Breeze’s eldest son, told the service: “Dad’s main passion was improving the lives of people around him.

“To us our dad was a bottomless well of love. He encouraged us in everything we did.

“He was everything we wished for in a father.”

Councillor Mohammed Pervez, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, spoke of Cllr Breeze’s love for the area.

“He was a very passionate person who cared for the city,” he said.

“I didn’t always agree with him but it never bothered him.”

Cllr Breeze represented Birches Head and Central Forest Park on the council.

Mike Wolfe, the former mayor who stood against Cllr Breeze, said: “We both stayed up all night waiting for the results.

“At 9am the next morning Paul was on my doorstep to offer personal congratulations and political support.”

In the service, Donna Lear said: “Paul suggested repainting the railings at a park in Stoke, but was told it would be too expensive to strip the old paint.

“So he got a team of volunteers together and they did it themselves.

“From 1990 he actually didn’t own a car and walked everywhere, and he didn’t mind walking the length of Stoke.”

In her closing statement, Donna Lear said that Paul’s proudest achievements in his own mind had always been as a father.

View StaffsLive’s video as mourners gather for the funeral service:

(Additional reporting by Queenie Chrystal)

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