Hundreds pay tribute to beloved city DJ
HUNDREDS of mourners gathered for a poignant farewell to a father-of-one who died aged just 31.
Steven Bettyes, known to many as Jeeva D, died suddenly in his home in Bretton on November 29.
The popular DJ’S funeral was held yesterday at Peterborough Crematorium.
Despite the biting cold, friends stood outside and listened through the door because there was no more room in the chapel.
Shortly before the service, crowds lined the streets and clapped the hearse as it passed with the coffin. With it were flowers shaped in the word ‘Dad’ and in the form of DJ decks symbolising his life’s passion.
The crowd, many in Arsenal shirts and scarves, fell silent when the cortege made its way into the grounds.
As mourners filed into the chapel, Steven’s mix of the song I Refuse, by Netksy, was played over the speakers.
Ollie Killingback from the Secular Humanist Society led the ceremony and paid tribute to Steven.
He said: “The sheer number of people here shows how much he and his music were appreciated.
“Our job today is to show that appreciation as we say a final
PICTURE: ROWLAND HOBSON goodbye to Steven.”
He added: “No-one should die when they are 31, our hearts go out to Steven’s family. No parent should ever have to attend the funeral of their child.”
Mr Killingbrook spoke of Steven’s love for music and his proudest moment – the birth of his son Kyle, now six years old.
Gary Welsh paid tribute to his cousin, speaking of one of many nights out which ended with Gary measuring Steven’s enourmous four-inch big toe.
Friends and relatives choked back tears as Angels, by Robbie Williams was played, as was You Only Get What You Give, by the New Radicals.
His step-father Peter Kidd also spoke to the congregation.
Speaking directly to Kyle, he said: “When you look in the sky and it is cloudy, your dad is the biggest cloud up there and he will swamp you with love.
“When you look in the sky and the sun is shining, that’s your dad warming you with love.
“When it is raining he is soaking you with love and when it is dark, find the brightest star – it is actually your dad shining down on you.”
Then followed, I’ll Be Missing You, by Puff Daddy, a moment’s silence and then a round of applause. Mourners filed out to Steven’s mix of Hurt You before making their way to The Roundhead in Bretton.
PROCESSION: Mourners carry Steven Bettyes’ coffin into Peterborough Crematorium yesterday.
SADLY MISSED: Steve Bettyes, pictured with his six-year-old son Kyle.
HUGE TURNOUT: So many mourners turned out for the funeral they could not all get into the chapel.