Remembrance and celebration of young Goodwick man's life

THE funeral of a young Goodwick man who died in a tragic accident in October will be held in London, with a special remembrance gathering to be held in his home town next week.

Recently qualified barrister Gianni Sonvico disappeared after an evening out in London on October 25.

Family and friends joined in the police search for Gianni but he was found dead in the River Thames near Greenwich Pier two weeks later.

Gianni, 23, was the son of Karen Chandler and the late Richard Sonvico of Goodwick, and the brother of Maya Sonvico.

Gianni was working at the Law Commission and loving his life in London, his family said.

He had fantastic friends and housemates, who along with home town friends and his family, are grieving deeply.

His family said he was on the cusp of a stellar career in the law, pointing to tributes given following his death.

Including Sir David Lloyd Jones, chairman of the Law Commission, who said: "Gianni was a fine young man and an outstanding lawyer. In his time with us he made an

important contribution to our work and was greatly admired by his colleagues. I felt sure he would have a most successful career at the bar for which he was so well equipped in every way."

But he wasn't just a promising lawyer - he was also a loving son and brother, and loyal friend.

A childhood friend said: "He was the only person who agreed with me on everything I wanted to do. He supported every thought and idea I ever had. He was my personal motivator, and in his remembrance I will try and be everything I told him that I'd be and become."

People who would like to remember Gianni and celebrate his life are invited to the Phoenix Centre on Thursday, December 19 at 7pm.

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