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

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

Monday, July 28, 2014
6:04 PM

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

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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.”

8 comments

  • 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

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    MADS

    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

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    ME

    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.

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    2plus2equals5

    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

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    Maggie

    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 ..

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    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

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    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 ..

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    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

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    Lee mundy

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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