max temp: 12°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Family of Rhys Lungley pay tribute to ‘wonderful, caring’ son and brother who died after waterfront motorbike crash

18:04 28 July 2014

Rhys Lungley, who died after a motorbike crash on the waterfront

Rhys Lungley, who died after a motorbike crash on the waterfront


“An amazing young man loved by all and full of the joys of life.”


That was the glowing family tribute to motorbike crash victim Rhys Lungley.

The 20-year-old, who lived in Radcliffe Drive, died early on Saturday morning after the bike he was riding collided with railings and glass near the University Campus Suffolk building on Ipswich’s waterfront.

He was quickly taken to hospital by paramedics but attempts to save his life were unsuccessful.

And now the former Otley College student’s family have said his death has left “a massive gap in our hearts”.

The tribute continued: “He was always a wonderful, caring and loving younger brother to Richard and Sarah and a best friend to his younger brother Adam. To Evan and Erin Rhys was the most fun-filled, exciting uncle.

“Rhys’ bike was his freedom allowing him to explore life all over enjoying it with his friends. Our Rhys was brought into this world surrounded by love and his family, and he left us the same way, being surrounded by us those that loved him more than anything in this world.

“Rhys had such a big, kind and gentle heart with many friends whom we wish to thank for all your heartfelt messages of support and fond memories.

“He was such a caring person and a fantastic son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend; always there to listen, to talk to, even just being around him was enough. His own unique ways made us all laugh and brought so much joy to us all.

“Goodnight our darling Rhys, until we meet again.”

Tributes to Mr Lungley have also been posted on Twitter and a Facebook page set up in his memory, R.I.P Rhys Lungley.

Bobbie Harvey (@bobbiejoharvey) wrote: “I would just like to say RIP to Rhys Lungley who sadly lost his life Saturday morning, my thoughts and prayers all go to his family,” while Georgina Reagan said (@GiinaaReagan) said: “Even though I only met you a few times, you were a lovely person R.I.P Rhys Lungley.”

Messages have also been sent in to this paper, with Lee Mundy saying: “This young lad was a friend of my daughter Sophie. To say it’s been a shock is an understatement,” and Sophie Annett writing: “Rhys you were such a lovely and kind bloke. Heaven gained another angel at such a young age.”

Mr Lungley worked at Cineworld in Ipswich and a spokesperson for the company said: “Cineworld is deeply saddened that a member of staff from our Ipswich cinema has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”



  • Well done removing Grumpy gits comment, It does not matter if the lad was having a burn through the town on his bike, we have all been gulty of this some time or another, Our hearts go out for the whole family at such a tragic event ans so avoidable, we only live a cuple of hundred yards away from the family and my wife went to school with Rhys's dad, I also got the emergency call to arrange a crew to clear the site not knowing this was some poor lad living so close when i found out who it was it made my blood run cold so what the family are going through must be hell, Grumpy old git should never be allowed to comment on this site ever again. Rhys Rest in peace and may your god be with you xx

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  • I so agree with Lee Mundy,another sad loss of a young life no matter how they died. R.I.P Rhys! My heart goes out to this family having lost my own 19 year old son 3 years ago. PLEASE take no notice of Gumpy Old Git's comments, I know it hurts, but he is not worth your energy at a time like this. He already has had far too many comments on here! He is in a minority! My thoughts are with you all xxx

    Report this comment


    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Regardless of the ins ands outs of how this young man lost his life, i think the Evening Star are totally out of order printing the comments of grumpy old git. Have some compassion.

    Report this comment


    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • This is a very sad story, a young lad has lost his life and we can only guess at what his family are going through right now. To the grumpy old git please don't leave nasty messages, it just adds to the families pain. It isn't necessary, it's very unkind and cruel. God forbid you ever go through anything like this. If you can't say anything decent then just leave the family alone to grieve. RIP Rhys

    Report this comment


    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Further to my previous comment Rhys was a lovely decent young man from a hard working and decent family I have known him all his life no one will ever know why he decided to act the way he did that night he paid the ultimate price for that decision it is just such a waste of a young life and it has torn all of us apart ..your at peace now Rhys ...love from all of the Hales family ..

    Report this comment

    Paul Hales

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • To the grumpy old git which you really are! You have absolutely no right to say the allegations that's you have with no proof at all. Oh what you've heard a rumour? Back at school in the play ground now are we? He was a lovely person! If you have nothing nice to say please say nothing at all! His family and friends could really do with out this! R.I.P Rhys.xx

    Report this comment

    Hollie Bloomfield

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • with reference to the grumpy old git above you really are a vile person this was my nephew and we don't really need comment from low life like you ,,his kind what exactly do you mean by that and you say he was high on crack a very serious allegation and one I hope you can prove .he no more deserved to die than the hundreds of "innocent" pedestrians I have to jump on the brakes to avoid because they are too lazy to use a crossing or the cyclists who run red light cycle the wrong way up one way streets ..do they deserve to die? you really are a pathetic person I just hope you never have to go through what Rhys's family are going through right now ..

    Report this comment

    Paul Hales

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • another very sad loss of a young life . which ever way a person dies it such a sad day in a small town . it effects the town deep inside. r.i.p rhys from your friends sophie and chantry

    Report this comment

    Lee mundy

    Monday, July 28, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Suffolk County Council's cabinet arrived at Elstree today - the home of the Star Wars franchise.

The day after county councillors discussed cutting millions from the authority’s budget over the next two years, its cabinet members are on a £4,000 training course at the world famous Elstree studios.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

The parents of Essex man Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris terror attacks two weeks’ ago, have released a statement ahead of a memorial service taking place in the French capital today.

Ben Gummer and Mark Pendlington at Ipswich rail station.

Campaigners seeking to improve rail services between East Anglia and London have insisted that the new report into infrastructure is good for the region – because it makes little reference to the route.

Museum bosses have gone back to the drawing board following their lottery bid rejection.

Hopes of a multi-million-pound lottery windfall for Ipswich Museum have been dashed – forcing borough chiefs to reconsider the ambitious £23m project to transform the High Street campus.

Colchester town centre

Two sisters have been jailed for the theft of a purse from a woman, 89, in Colchester.

Annual general meeting of the Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum. Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore with temporary Chief Constable, Gareth Wilson, and Drena Black, chairman of the forum. Start of the White Ribbon campaign in the Lowestoft area.    Picture: James Bass

Suffolk’s head of policing joined the county’s top ranking officer in denouncing violence against women.

Cannabis was found at Ipswich house

An illegal immigrant is facing a jail term after police found nearly 400 plants and seedlings at a cannabis factory set up in an east Ipswich house.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Rail services running through Bury St Edmunds face delays of up to 25 minutes or cancellation due to a train fault.

John Hobson, 65, of Mill Road in Colchester, who died following the crash

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in west Suffolk, has paid tribute to her “one true love”.

Alison Wheeler and Tony Brown.

Suffolk’s libraries are facing budget cuts of more than 11% over the next two years – but their chairman has pledged that no branches will be closed.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24