TRIBUTES continue to pour in for 17-year-old Stephen Hemsley, who died in a motorbike accident on Wednesday, June 1.
A spokesman from Aylesbury College, where Stephen was studying for an NVQ in motor vehicles, said: “Stephen was a model student during his time at Aylesbury College and was highly thought of by both his peers and tutors at the college. He was a popular member of his group and excelled in his chosen subject. He will be sorely missed.”
Mike Vaill, of Steeple Claydon Football Club, said: “Stephen played for Steeple Claydon for a number of years, starting at under 11 and playing through to under 16s. He played in goal for his early playing days and progressed to play in defence and midfield.
“He was a popular member of the team and was a pleasure for the managers to train. He always played with a smile on his face and enjoyed his football.
“The club are deeply saddened by Stephen passing away in such tragic circumstances. As a club, we are proud to play a part in the development of so many young boys over the years, both in a football sense and that of instilling moral standards and promoting loyalty and friendship.
“Stephen epitomised all of these attributes and always represented the club in a positive light. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him within the club, but especially his team-mates throughout the years he played, and the managers and coaches of those teams.”
Head coach of the under 16s at Buckingham Rugby Club, Richard Hawker, said: “Stephen was a highly valued member of the team and always gave it 100 per cent commitment.
Buckingham Rugby Club send their condolences to his parents.”
Fellow band member Josh Finch posted the following on Stephen’s Facebook tribute page: “R.I.P. my heavy metal brother. You meant a lot to me and were truly like a real brother. You played a big part in the band and we can all see now that you made Paradise On Fire. You will be missed so much. I’ll never forget you.”
Aaron Finch said: “R.I.P. Stephen, you were such a pleasure to have in the band, and you were such a cool guy to have a friend. Enjoyed the gigs with you and I’m gonna miss you and never ever forget you.”