Funeral for airman killed by taxi at Cyprus airbase
Funeral arrangements have been made for a Moray airman who died while serving abroad.
RAF Lossiemouth serviceman Steven Wainwright, 29, lived in Elgin with his wife and two young boys and was on deployment in Cyprus when he was killed at the start of the month.
Yesterday, it emerged that Cpl Wainwright died from a head injury the day after he was hit by a taxi outside the Akrotiri airbase.
Oxfordshire coroner, Darren Salter, opened an inquest following his repatriation to RAF Brize Norton last Thursday and confirmed that a full inquest would be held at a later date.
At the time of his death, colleagues said Cpl Wainwright was making a “key contribution” in ensuring Typhoon aircraft could complete challenging missions against IS.
The father-of-two’s heartbroken family have now made arrangements for Cpl Wainwright to be buried at Lossiemouth Cemetery following a service at St Columba’s South Church in Elgin on Monday at 11am.
They said he was a “devoted daddy” to three-year-old Thomas and baby Oscar, who is less than a year old.
Any donations will be given to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Originally from Liverpool, Cpl Wainwright married his wife Rachel in August 2012 and subsequently settled in her home town of Elgin. He is also survived by his parents William and Helen, and sisters Gillian and Hayley.
“They said he was a devoted daddy to Thomas and baby Oscar”