Friday 9 December 2016

Stuart Baggs funeral hears tributes to star of The Apprentice

Published 21/08/2015 | 03:38

Stuart Baggs' mother, Rosemary, says goodbye to her son
Stuart Baggs' mother, Rosemary, says goodbye to her son
The message left by Lord Sugar
The order of service of former Apprentice star Stuart Baggs
Stuart Baggs' mother Rosemary, right, and sister Charlotte, centre, leave St Ninians Church, Douglas, on the Isle of Man, following the service
Former Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs died on the Isle of Man (Isle of Man Constabulary/PA)

The Apprentice star Stuart Baggs's mother has paid tribute to her entrepreneurial son at his funeral, saying he was "a dedicated and hard-working businessman".

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Rosemary Baggs, 58, led tributes to the TV personality and telecoms entrepreneur who died of an asthma attack at the age of 27 last month.

Baggs found fame as The Apprentice's youngest ever candidate after appearing on the BBC One show in 2010 at the age of 21.

Whilst on the show he came out with strings of memorable one-liners such as "everything I touch turns to sold" and "I'm not a one-trick pony ... I'm a whole field of ponies".

Mrs Baggs told scores of mourners at St Ninian's Church in Douglas, Isle of Man, who had dressed in Baggs's favourite colour blue: "Ironically for someone known for his quote about a field of ponies he was actually allergic to horses."

After being told "you're fired" by Lord Sugar he became managing director of communications firm BlueWave Communications in his home town of Douglas.

A week after celebrating his 27th birthday he was found dead at his flat.

Straight-talking business mogul Lord Sugar today left a floral tribute in the shape of a teardrop.

The arrangement simply read, "With deepest sympathy from Lord Sugar and everyone at The Apprentice".

His coffin was brought in to Ed Sheeran's song Photograph before three friends delivered speeches to the sea of blue mourners who had packed into the church.

His family had asked that well-wishers think "outside the box" like Baggs when wearing something blue in his honour.

A video compilation of Baggs's life was played to the congregation before his coffin, which had been adorned with cream and purple roses, was carried out to Craig David's 7 Days.

Mrs Baggs said: "Behind our sense of sadness is a feeling of pride in the wonderful kind, caring and loyal man our son had become and we hope in time that these feelings along with all the memories of the fun and laughter we shared will help to numb our pain."

The order of service showed two pictures of self-proclaimed "Stuart Baggs The Brand" .

One showed him donning sunglasses and the other smiling and wearing a novelty jumper.

A message on behalf of the family asked his friends and family to join them at his favourite "watering hole" The Thirsty Pigeon after the service.

Following news of his death Sir Alan tweeted that Baggs had been "one of the stand out characters" of the hit show.

His tweet read: "terrible news Stuart Baggs has died. My sincere condolances to his family and friends RIP one of the stand out characters of the apprentice (sic)".

Baggs appeared as a candidate on series six, saying his first taste for business came as a schoolboy selling yo-yos to pals in the playground.

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