THE funeral date of a Wirral boxing coach with a "great sense of humour" and "infectious laugh" has been confirmed.

Gary Chalinor, known by many as ‘Jacko’, was born in Birkenhead and spent most of his life training kids at the Willaston Boxing Club.

In May, the father-of-three found a lump in his throat, but due to suffering from agoraphobia (a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn't be available if things go wrong) and being “terrified” of doctors and dentists, he put off going to get it checked.

Dominic Boyle, one of Gary’s best friends, went to the hospital with Gary in September, where he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Gary was due to start chemotherapy but sadly passed away two days before on Sunday, October 29 after being unable to eat for 15 weeks.

Wirral Globe: Gary ChalinorGary Chalinor (Image: Elaine Jordan)

Speaking to the Globe earlier this month, Gary's ex-partner Elaine Jordan, who was with Gary for 20 years, and cared for him up until his death described him as a "proper prankster".

She said: "He was a very happy person. He was always singing in the gym with the kids. He loved karaoke and would always entertain people.

"The thing I always remember about him was how much of a morning person he was. From the moment he opened his eyes in the morning, he was full of joy and singing around the house.”

"When he left, everyone laughed at him laughing. His laugh was so infectious and he was a proper prankster."

Dominic set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to give Gary "the send-off he deserves" and the page has raised nearly £6,000.

The boxing club has confirmed that Gary's funeral will take place on Friday, December 1 at Landican's South Chapel at 1.30pm.

They added: "We will be meeting at the gym and driving up then will be going back to the Prenton Park pub for anyone wishing to join us".

To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.