By james truswell firstname.lastname@example.org
AROUND 400 mourners gathered to pay their respects to a popular religious minister, who died in a car crash.
So many people turned up to the funeral of Jehovah’s Witness minister Dominic Culshaw that more than 100 people had to listen to the ceremony via speakers outside the building.
The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Chell Heath Road, Bradeley, quickly filled to its 300 capacity yesterday leaving others to pay their respects outside.
Members of Dominic’s congregation, family, friends and work colleagues paid tribute to him, some even flying in for the funeral.
Dominic, known as Dom to his friends, died at the scene of the crash on the D-road’s northbound carriageway on May 3 when his BMW 520, two other cars and two vans were involved in the collision.
The 46-year-old, of Powderham Close, Packmoor, had been on his way to Liverpool where he worked as an area manager for Black Horse Finance specialising in the finance of cars and motorbikes.
Minister David Craig, who was good friends with Dom, said during the service: “We’re just overwhelmed by the amount of support you are all showing today. The amount of you here reflects how much Dom was loved by all of you.
“He would not believe how many people are here today. We’re full in the hall, at the back and in the car park.
“Some of us are never fortunate to have three close friends but hundreds have turned up for Dominic today.”
Dominic was the loving husband of Elvira for 24 years, son of Sheila Plant and the late Bill Culshaw and brother to John and the late Vincent.
He grew up in Brindley Ford and was passionate about cars, bikes, his watch collection and Port Vale.
His family said there had been hundreds of visitors to the family home offering their condolences following his death.
Dominic’s brother-in-law, Martin Del-Manso, paid tribute to him in a passage read during the service.
He said: “Dominic was a cracking guy who loved and looked after my little sister as if she was a princess. Whatever Elvira desired was a pleasure for him to provide, and he brought her breakfast in bed every morning.
“Having served Jehovah for 40 years I’ve seen many experiences of love and support by spiritual brothers and sisters.
“However, these have paled by comparison to what can only be described as a tsunami of love and support.
“Dom was a softy despite the fact he used to be a boxer.”
Mr Craig added: “Dominic got on with everybody all of the time.
“He’s been a success at just about everything he’s done and his mum has been so proud of everything he’s done.
“He helped to build the foundations of this building so everywhere we look Dom has left something.
“He said he loved this congregation and just wanted to look after it the best he could.”
Managing director at Black Horse finance, Chris Sutton, also paid tribute in a note to the family.
He said: “I will remember Dom as an larger than life character with a consistently positive and can do attitude.
“He was one of those people who made you feel good when he was around.”
Hymns sang during the service included He Will Fall and God’s Promise of Paradise.
The service was followed by burial at Tunstall Cemetery and refreshments at the Trent Country Club in Birches Head. Donations will go to the NSPCC.