VIDEO: Family and friends say farewell to ‘mighty’ head of Sheffield traveller family

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Hundreds of friends and family members gathered to say goodbye to the ‘mighty’ head of a Sheffield traveller family.

Tommy Maughan, patriarch of the Maughan clan, was given a fond farewell at a packed service at St Theresa Roman Catholic Church, Prince of Wales Road, Manor.

Funeral of Tommy Maughan, patriarch of the Maughan traveller clan, who died aged 81 in Sheffield.

Funeral of Tommy Maughan, patriarch of the Maughan traveller clan, who died aged 81 in Sheffield.

The 81-year-old – who was a champion bare knuckle fighter in his younger years – died in the city’s Northern General Hospital, in Fir Vale, earlier this month after an illness.

Father Aiden Tomlinson, who led today’s funeral service, said: “He was a man of few words and big gestures.

“Traveller and Catholic are two inter-changeable terms when you speak of this man.

“As you say farewell and safe journey to Tommy, he leaves a massive testimony behind him.”

Tommy Maughan

Tommy Maughan

Tommy was married to Ann and the pair had 10 children including his youngest daughter, Kathleen, who cared for him in his final years.

He was left heartbroken when he lost Ann and his oldest son, Tommy junior, when they were both in their early 40s.

The Arbourthorne man, who settled in Sheffield in 1974, had 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Father Aiden said: “He was a man of incredible faith and a man of incredible strength.

Balloons are carried into St Theresa's Church for the funeral of Thomas Maughan

Balloons are carried into St Theresa's Church for the funeral of Thomas Maughan

“We have lost a mighty man – an embodiment of masculinity.

“I felt safe when Tommy was around and I shall miss him greatly.”

A horse-drawn carriage took Tommy’s coffin to its final resting place at Shiregreen Cemetery.