09:00AM, Friday 02 May 2014
The life of a talented young man who grew up to be a powerful rugby player and boxer was celebrated this week - as friends and family packed Windsor's All Saints Church to say goodbye.
Jaye Bowden, 30, died after collapsing while jogging in Burnham on April 10. The accomplished painter and decorator was staying with his parents Roger and Liz in Alexandra Road, Windsor after spending months working on their house in Spain.
In a eulogy read out in the church at Frances Road by Reverend Ainsley Swift, Jaye's parents remembered the kind hearted young man who filled their Spanish house with stray animals including an abandoned puppy and a pigeon that could not fly.
They said: "He had many talents that sadly he did not have time to develop.
"We only know that his heart stopped and it took Jaye away from us."
Jaye's sister Katie remembered the naughty side of the brother who played outrageous practical jokes and who took his girlfriend on a first date to watch him boxing at Caeser's Palace in Streatham.
She said: "I will think about you every day brother. You will live in my heart forever."
The ex-Windsor Boys School was also prized for his rugby skills. He discovered the game when he was seven, playing for Windsor Boys School and as a prized hooker with Windsor Rugby Club.
But the fun living young man had a strong spiritual side that he had discussed with Father Ainsley Swift, who officiated at the service.
Mr Swift told the congregation: "He believed in God. It may have been a rather unorthodox faith but it was faith nevertheless. I listened to him and the listening gave me a connection to a spiritual soul."
More than 300 people packed the church. After the service, close family members attended a private committal at Slough Crematorium before a reception at Windsor Rugby Club in Home Park.
The funeral took place on Tuesday.
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