Stowmarket: Family’s tribute to ‘happy’ young man

A FAMILY has paid tributes to a “happy” young man who has lost a long battle with illness.

Ryan Lambert died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital last week aged 20 and his mother and step-father Melanie and Stephen Rothery have described him as someone who had remained remarkably upbeat despite almost a decade of ill health.

Ryan suffered a kidney failure at the age of 11 and spent much of the following nine years in and out of hospital. Unable to attend school regularly, he had developed a passion for photography and steam engines.

Mrs Rothery, 46, said Ryan had maintained a happy disposition despite going through prolonged periods of pain and, at times, almost daily trips to hospital.

She said: “His life revolved around dialysis, three times a week. Because he was so ill he lost touch with his friends and couldn’t hang out with them.

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“He had a kidney transplant that failed in 2003 and in 2008 he had two life-threatening operations. He was very strong and never made a fuss over his illness. He always played down the pain because he didn’t want to go to hospital.”

Ryan was a huge fan of bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses and Nirvana and had been learning to play electric guitar with the help of Stowmarket music organisation Amplitude.

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But the song that will play at his funeral will be Happiness by Ken Dodd, which was his mobile phone ringtone.

The service takes place at Holy Trinity Church in Stowupland on Monday at 11am. The family have asked for no flowers but donations for St Elizabeth Hospice or Macmillan Cancer Support to be sent to Meredith Greengrass Funeral Services.

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