Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Colchester: Family pay tribute to crash death teenager Joshua Irvine

23:36 14 November 2012

Joshua Irvine, 18, died last week after being struck by a road sweeper

Joshua Irvine, 18, died last week after being struck by a road sweeper

Archant

TRIBUTES have been paid by the family of a Colchester teenager who died after being involved in an accident with a road sweeper.

shares

Joshua Irvine, 18, of Canterbury Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision in Bromley Road, near Ardleigh, on November 8.

His family said he was “an angel walking on earth” and that they have been touched by the “love, support and good wishes” shown by his friends since the accident.

The Colchester Institute student was a passenger in a black Citroen Saxo that collided with the Colchester Borough Council vehicle around 1.30pm.

Staff from the Institute and St Helena School, where Josh was a pupil, have paid tribute to a “popular and likeable young man”.

A statement issued on behalf of his family said: “We have been so very moved by everyone’s love, support and good wishes and were to proud to learn a lot of more of what our son was like when he was not with us, but with his friends.

“We are so very glad that while he was with us all he touched and helped so many people and we would be delighted to get to know Josh’s friends and those who loved him so we can feel closer to our son.

“We were glad to know he had such good friends.

“We are also extremely grateful and touched by the kindness of our neighbours and of those who tried to come to Josh’s aid.

“We have been talking about how he was an angel walking on earth and how he is an angel with wings following family and friends and trying to keep care of them still.”

His family said he was hoping to become a marine engineer and join the Royal Navy after finishing his course in engineering. His tutor at Colchester Institute, Chris McKenzie, said: “We were deeply saddened to hear about what had happened and our thoughts are very much with Josh’s family and his friends – many of whom are also students here at Colchester Institute.

“Josh was a popular and likeable young gentleman who has worked extremely hard over the two years he has been with us and will be sadly missed by staff and fellow students at the College.”

Martyn Jordan, Josh’s former head of year at St Helena School, said: “The whole school were deeply saddened to hear the tragic news about Josh.

“He was liked by both staff and students from across all year groups. He was one of life’s good guys who would do anything to help others.

“Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

shares

0 comments

Police investigating after rocking horse stolen

The leader of a Suffolk pre-school has called thieves “heartless” after a rocking horse was stolen from its premises.

Artist's impression of Stane Park development in Stanway, phase 1b

The proposed Stane Park Leisure Quarter development near Colchester will not increase traffic congestion, the property developer behind the scheme has said.

Suffolk police car clocked at 138mph

A Suffolk police car was clocked doing 138mph - nearly three times the speed limit - on the A140 at Coddenham while in pursuit of a suspect, it has emerged.

India's National Disaster Response Force personnel look for survivors in a building, in Kathmandu, Nepa. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

A team of six Essex firefighters and rescue dog Darcy have been deployed to Nepal to assist with the earthquake recovery operation.

Tom Challis and Julia Carroll just before they left to travel the world in February.

The parents of Julia Carroll, from Boxford, have told how the 22-year-old made contact via Facebook to confirm she was safe after escaping Nepal earthquake.

Shawn Leek setting out on the first of seven marathons. Today he hopes to complete the challenge

Shawn Leek is feeling the pain today having run more than 180 miles in the past week - ending with the London Marathon this afternoon.

The Anzac Day parade from the Cornhill in Ipswich on Sunday led by the Ipswich Piping Society

Thousands of Australian and New Zealand forces who died during the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign have been commemorated on the centenary of the offensive in Ipswich.

The Orwell District Scouts St George's Day open air service by the Leisure Centre in Felixstowe on Sunday

Scouts and Guides proudly raised their flags and paraded through Suffolk towns to mark St George’s Day.

The Revd Martin Dawes with his model train lay out at Woodbridge Methodist Church during the Toy and Model Train Show.

The pews were transformed into platforms and hymn sheets were discarded in favour of timetables as a church was transformed into a model railway network.

Angel Hall, missing 14-year-old girl from Leiston

A teenager from east Suffolk who was reported missing yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages