'Star Wars' Funeral: 4-Year-Old Boy's Casket Escorted by Stormtroopers

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 06:00 PM

By Ken Mandel

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A 4-year-old boy's dying wish for a "Star Wars"-themed funeral was granted after Jack Robinson lost his battle against an inoperable brain tumor earlier this month.

The Hampshire, England, boy died April 1, a few months after being given a 5 percent chance of survival by doctors, according to The News in Portsmouth.

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Before Jack's death, friends and family pooled resources to grant some of his final wishes, which included a hospital visit from "Take That" singer Gary Barlow and a birthday video message from Matt Smith, who plays The Doctor in the BBC TV series "Doctor Who."





During the "Star Wars" funeral on April 10, Jack's casket traveled by horse-drawn carriage surrounded by Stormtroopers in full uniform, and flowers that spelled out "JEDI" adorned the carriage, The News in Portsmouth reported.

Marie and Terence Robinson, Jack's parents, and Jack's twin brother and three sisters led a procession of people.

The church also got in on the "Star Wars" theme. The order of service read, "Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014," and a brass band played the Luke Skywalker theme song, according to The Daily Mail.

"Jack was a special boy. He was unique and brought everyone together," Terence Robinson said, the Mail reported. "We needed to give him a unique send-off, and the brilliant sunshine that came out for it was Jack looking down on us. I will always love you son."

Robinson's mother also recorded herself singing Ellie Goulding's "How Long Will I Love You," and it was played inside the church. She told The Daily Mail that her son liked the song and she used to sing it to him.

"I had 10 weeks to think about the funeral and I wanted to do something different and special for him," Marie Robinson said, the Mail reported. "I wanted Jack's funeral to have a twist, because he was so unique. I went to a recording studio and decided on Ellie Goulding's song because that's my message and words to Jack. It seemed quite fitting."

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