Huge tankers join funeral procession of United Utilities worker

Huge water tankers performed a guard of honour at the funeral of a "cracking bloke" today.

Ronnie Fitzpatrick was 69 when he died suddenly on July 27. He was United Utilities' longest serving employee, having worked with the company for almost 53 years.

Tributes have poured in for "one in a million" Ronnie, whose funeral took place this morning.

Ronnie worked across Merseyside, providing drinking water across the region.

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United Utilities said he was a "valued member" of its Merseyside Water Network team.

One colleague said: "Ronnie was known to lots of us as the guy with a smile on his face. He was loved by everyone and made everyone laugh.

Dozens of people lined the streets of Anfield to pay their final respects to Ronnie Fitzpatrick.

"He would deal with anything from leaks in the street to customers' stop taps outside, pressure complaints, you name it.

"He leaves his legacy of the famous 'hydrant buster' that has helped in the battle of hydrant abuse."

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Another wrote: "Deepest sympathy to Sheila and family. You were not just a colleague, you were a friend to all who came into your life. You will be sadly missed."

Ronnie followed in his father's footsteps, as he also worked for United Utilities, or North West Water as it was then known.

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, United Utilities agreed a guard of honour with Ronnie's family.

Two huge water tankers flanked the funeral procession cars on the journey to Anfield crematorium.

Dozens of people lined the streets to pay their respects to Ronnie.

Ronnie's funeral took place today (Friday) at Blessed Sacrament Church.

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