A CROWD of over 300 turned out to pay their final respects to darts legend Jocky Wilson on Monday afternoon.
Eric Bristoew, former darts world champion, and Helen Chamberlain, Soccer A.M. presenter, were among the mourners at Kirkcaldy crematorium to remember one of the game’s biggest stars.
Jocky died on Saturday March 24 after a long battle with chronic pulminory obstructive disease.
Bristow, his greatest rival, and the man he beat in an epic 1989 world title showdown, hailed Jocky as ‘‘a real chracter.’’
He said: ‘There’s not enough of them any more.
“You did your best to win the match against him, then you did your best to beat him at drinking after!”
Chamberlain said that she and Bristow had driven for seven hours to attend Wilson’s funeral.
She added: “It was important to be here. Jocky was brilliant. To win the world championship twice was amazing.
“Jocky, Eric and John Lowe were just so entertaining to watch.”
A piper lead the hearse which had flowers in the shape of a dartboard alongside the coffin.
The congregation made its way in to the sound of ‘The Impossible Dream’ where a service was performed by humanist celebrant Denis Madden who told of Jocky’s devotion to his family and how he “never wanted to be famous or in the spotlight.”
He also spoke of how Jocky was a “wonderful father and grandfather” and said that Jocky’s wife, Malvin was his “soulmate, best friend and other half.”
As the short service came to a close ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra was played as many of the mourners hugged and wept.
A collection was made at the request of the Wilson family for the British Heart Foundation.