The funeral of two brothers from Sussex who died in the Grand Canyon helicopter crash is taking place in Worthing today (Thursday, 22).
Jason Hill, 31, and his brother Stuart, 30, who were originally from the town, were part of a group holidaying in Las Vegas last month, when a helicopter they were in came down in the Grand Canyon.
The funeral of Stuart’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Becky Dobson, took place last Thursday (March, 15).
The service for Jason and Stuart is taking place from 12.30pm at Broadwater Baptist Church in Dominion Road.
A Just Giving page supporting the families of Becky, Jason and Stuart has so far raised nearly £7,000.
A statement from Stuart and Jason’s parents, the Reverend David and Mrs Sandra Hill, said:
“Jason and Stuart were wonderful sons, inseparable brothers, and just remarkable people who were truly loved and will be deeply missed by so many, many people.
“We have a large extended family and Jason and Stuart were always at the heart of it, organising get-togethers and always with time for others.
“If ever either of us came home after a difficult day, Jason or Stuart would be there with a smile or hug, and that was all we needed to lift our spirits again.
“We always did things as a family and as parents we feel blessed to have had them in our lives.
“Our sons were happy, outgoing people who loved cycling, walking and spending time with family and friends.
“They were both doing well in their careers and had saved up for a year to mark Stuart’s 30th birthday with a real holiday of a lifetime with their friends.
“Jason and Stuart had an incredible bond with each other right from when they were young children.
“We always said they were so close they were like twins, and we will find some support in knowing they were with each other to the last.
“We will thank God everyday for having them in our lives.”
Jason was a solicitor with Shoosmiths, and was soon to become a partner in the firm.
He was a law graduate from the University of Southampton, and also qualified from the College of Law in Guildford.
Stuart was a salesman with Mercedes Benz car retailer Lookers.
Newlyweds Jon Udall and Ellie Milward, who were also involved in the crash, later died from their injuries in hospital.
A sixth tourist, Jennifer Barham, remains in hospital, along with the helicopter pilot.