Thousands attend funeral of community champion from Brent
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Thousands of people attended the funeral of an award-winning community champion from Wembley who died suddenly at the age of 52.
Mourners spilled out onto the streets unable to fit into Harlesden Baptist Church in Acton Lane, where the service for Trevor Hutton took place on Friday.
As well as co-founding grassroots football club AFC Wembley, Mr Hutton was also a sports coach, mentor, and one of the biggest role models in the borough.
He died from coronary heart disease.
More than 2,000 attended the service including representatives from the sports and music industry.
Streams of tributes were paid to the father-of-one during the service including an emotional speech from his 22-year-old son Tajean.
The pair worked together on various projects Mr Hutton had established including the Community Football Federation which aimed to help grassroots football gain greater recognition.
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Tajean told the packed church: “In this casket is my superman. He was my hero and he has made me the man I am today.
“He has done so much for the community and we need to make sure his legacy lives on.”
Known affectionately as ‘Trevor T’, Mr Hutton also worked in the music industry and was a former PE teacher at Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, Willesden.
His tireless work with young people in the community is heralded for saving many from going down the wrong path in life, while giving others the first step on to a successful career.
Last year his dedication was recognised when he was given the Joan Campbell award for his outstanding contribution to the community at the first ever Pride of Brent Awards.
He said at the time: “This award isn’t mine it’s for all of us who work together. What ever I have done I haven’t done it on my own as I have a good team of coaches, volunteers, parents and kids.
“This is a community effort and shows what we can do when we get together.”
After the church service Mr Hutton’s was laid to rest in Willesden New Cemetery in Franklyn Road, Willesden.
The Hutton family told the Times: “We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all our family and friends for the love and support during this difficult time,
“We also like to thank G Saville funeral directors in Wembley for the way they looked after Trevor, their professionalism and their sensitivity.”
Visit here to see a Facebook tribute page set up in Mr Hutton’s memory.
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