A 31-year-old Nelson man who became a highly-qualified engineer has died, and around 2,000 people attended his funeral.
When Qamar-Ul-Islam was taken ill at home in Hartley Street, his family tried to resuscitate him as they called for an ambulance. He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Qamar lived in Nelson, attending Edge End High School and Nelson and Colne College, before he graduated from Staffordshire University with a BEng (Hons) degree. He became a software engineer whose skills took him to work at Kimberly Clark in Kent and finally with banking and insurance company HBOS at Halifax.
His cousin, Mr Mohsin Ilyas, said: “Qamar-Ul-Islam was an exceptional brother, an extremely loving uncle and an iconic friend.
“In the few years he had among us, his smiles, sincere nature and passion for helping others touched the hearts of all who had the privilege to meet him. His friends and family will testify that all they have to live with now are the countless memories he has created with us all.
“We have never met anyone that could fulfil responsibilities to so many with a smile and there will be never another like him.
“A role model, beautiful person and now truly for those that knew him, an unforgettable legend.
In God we trust and to God he returns. We pray for him.”