Wife wears husband’s ashes in custom-made ring to keep him close by

GemNW'Steve Walker - his asghes were turned into a genm stone.
GemNW'Steve Walker - his asghes were turned into a genm stone.
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A DIAMOND geezer who died after battling throat cancer will return to his favourite South Yorkshire watering hole this weekend - when his wife dons a custom-made ring containing his ashes.

When Steve Walker, from Maltby died, his widow Julie decided to turn his ashes into an item of jewellery.

And now, just weeks after he passed away Steve will be returning to his favourite club as a gem stone.

This Sunday Julie is planning to take Steve back to Brooklands Working Men’s Club wearing the ring – which contains Steve’s ashes as the centrepiece.

Julie, 58, who lives in Rosston Road, Maltby, said: “Turning his ashes into a piece of jewellery is something Steve would have loved.

“I contacted Sentimental Connections and they very kindly offered to make the ring for free.

“Steve was such a well-known and popular character in Maltby.

“After he was diagnosed with throat cancer – he was determined not to let the disease stop him enjoying life and he was a regular at Maltby’s Brooklands Club and the Miners Welfare. He did his best not to give in to it.

“Now he’ll be going back to Brooklands as the jewel he always was to his hundreds of friends.”

Julie added: “You could always hear Steve before you saw him. He would play the songs he loved at full blast as he drove to the club. He was famous for wearing shorts – even when it was snowing.

“The lads at the Maltby gym said he had the best pair of legs in town.”

Steve was given a colourful send-off by hundreds of friends and family after Julie insisted she didn’t want the funeral to be downbeat.

The pallbearers all wore pink and the 600 guests were asked to wear colourful clothes in his memory.

Steve’s return to his old stamping ground will be preceded by a memorial service at St Bartholomew’s Church, Maltby, starting at 6pm on Sunday.

Julie said: “I will be wearing Steve on my hand and I’m sure all those who loved him will see him still shining through.”

Retired groundworker Steve left behind two children Jamie and Kelly and three grandchildren, Megan, 11, Abbie, six and Nieve, four.

Nick Cranham, managing director of Sentimental Connections, said: “We were delighted to make this special ring for such a larger than life character.

“Our patented process involves setting a portion of cremated ash in a clear, hard polymer – which creates the centrepiece of a variety of items of jewellery, including pendants, brooches, rings, earrings – or even cuff links.

“They are proving increasingly popular with people who want a very special and personal memorial to their departed loved one.”