July 30, 2018 10.44 am This story is over 63 months old

Funeral set for ‘bravest man’ Lincoln firefighter

People have been asked to wear something red

The funeral of a firefighter described as the ‘bravest man’ will take place this Friday.

As previously reported, fire and rescue crews and staff from Lincolnshire and Derbyshire released tributes to their colleague Stefan Hawcroft after he lost his battle with a brain tumour on July 20.

The funeral will be held at Hutcliffe Wood in Sheffield on Friday, August 3 at 2.45pm.

Tributes have poured in for much-loved firefighter Stefan Hawcroft who died on July 20.

Stefan will be led to Hutcliffe by the fire engines to celebrate his work career and people have been asked to wear colour and something red, whether that be clothes or even makeup for ‘Red for Stef’.

The celebration of Stefan’s life will then continue at the Miners Arms at Hundall from 4.30pm onwards, where there will be food, drinks and music “to give our special Stefan the party he deserves.”

A spokesperson on behalf of the family said: “We ask for everyone who loved, supported or even followed Stefan on his brave journey to come and give him the send off he truly deserves.”


Stefan worked at Lincoln South Fire Station as a Wholetime Firefighter and at Dronfield Fire Station in Derbyshire as an ofn-call irefighter.

His life was turned upside down after the diagnosis of a brain tumour known as a diffused pontine glioma, also called DIPG, four years ago.

The condition deteriorated and the NHS could no longer provide treatment.

Stefan’s wedding to his partner Rebecca was then brought forward by 19 months and they were married under a special license on February 21, 2018.

A fundraising page was started by his family to send Stefan to Germany for potentially life-saving treatment.