Max George says carrying bandmate Tom Parker’s coffin was ‘an honour’


THE Wanted star Max George has paid an emotional tribute to his late bandmate Tom Parker, saying it was “an honour” to carry his coffin.

After serving as a pallbearer at the funeral on Wednesday morning, the singer bid goodnight to his pal in an emotional post.


Max George paid tribute to his pal Tom ParkerCredit: Splash
Tom's The Wanted bandmates carried his coffin at his funeral


Tom’s The Wanted bandmates carried his coffin at his funeralCredit: PA
Max said it was an 'honour' to be Tom's pallbearer


Max said it was an ‘honour’ to be Tom’s pallbearerCredit: Instagram

Singer Tom tragically passed away from an untreatable form of brain cancer called glioblastoma last month, aged just 33.

He died on March 30 having announced his diagnosis of the stage-four disease in October 2020 after being given just months to live.

The tumour was inoperable, with Tom leaving behind his wife Kelsey Parker and their two children, daughter Aurelia and son Bodhi.

On Wednesday, family and friends – as well as hundreds of fans – gathered to celebrate his life at St Francis of Assisi church, Orpington.

Tearful fans lined streets to pay tribute to The Wanted's Tom Parker
Tom Parker's The Wanted bandmates carry late star's coffin at his funeral

Among the crowds were Tom’s former The Wanted bandmates – who carried his coffin into the church in an emotional procession.

Max has now posted an emotional tribute to his friend, with a series of pictures of the funeral.

Writing next to the post he said: “Good night beautiful boy. I will always think of you.

“Thanks for making my life so much better than I could ever have hoped for. Carrying you was an honour.

“You have carried me so many times over the last 12 years. I love you Tom. See you up there brother.”

It comes after Max also stood up to speak at Tom’s funeral to deliver the eulogy.

“I could actually hear him saying, ‘It’s about time’, as he carried us for the last 12 years,” he said of his role as pallbearer.

“Tom was always a brother, he made such an impact from the start. His love for music and striving for success outmatched all of us.”

He also joked that Tom  had been the only bandmate to have had a “punch-up” with all of them, prompting laughter from attendees.

He added: “Everything he did, he did with the best intentions, even if it was a fight, he got away with it because it was Tom.

“I could say so much about Tom. I will always remember his laugh. He loves laughing at people and we experienced that every day.

“He has left us far too early and we will miss him so much. The people outside, the people all around the world, are a credit to him. Rest easy, mate.”


Max was joined at the funeral by fellow The Wanted bandmates Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, and Nathan Sykes.

They were joined hundreds of mourners who lined the streets to say goodbye.

Liam Payne, from One Direction, was also spotted arriving at the service.

Tom’s widow, Kelsey, whom he married in 2018, led a cortege featuring three black horses through Petts Wood in South East London.

Flowers spelling out the word “Daddy” adorned the side of the carriage while a flowered sign that spelled the word “Tom” in red roses was attached to the front.

Family and close friends of the star gathered in The Sovereign Of The Seas pub opposite the funeral parlour before the procession began.

Outside St Francis of Assisi church, flowers spelled out the words “Glad You Came”, the title of The Wanted’s 2011 hit that went to number one in multiple countries.

Speaking ahead of the funeral, Kelsey said: “Thomas Anthony Parker. There will be a private celebration of life on Wednesday 20th April.

“We know many of you would like to pay your respects as well, so would love for you to join us in Petts Wood from 10am.

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“It would be beautiful to have everyone line the route as we head to our private service.

“You are then welcome to join us outside the church for the duration where the service will be relayed on screens.”

Max was joined by The Wanted stars Jay, Siva and Nathan


Max was joined by The Wanted stars Jay, Siva and NathanCredit: Splash
Tom passed away from untreatable cancer last month


Tom passed away from untreatable cancer last monthCredit: Getty


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