Family devastated by death of Jamie Lawrence

York Press: Jamie Lawrence Jamie Lawrence

THE devastated family of a young York man who died suddenly have paid tribute to a “fun-loving, sporting, caring and loyal” son and brother.

Jamie Lawrence, 20, was found dead in his bedroom at the family home in Barley Rise, Strensall. last weekend.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and an inquest has been opened and adjourned.

His father Joe, mother Lin and sister Emma told The Press that the former Robert Wilkinson Primary and Huntington School pupil had had everything to live for.

They revealed that he had been preparing for an interview to rejoin the army, after being discharged two years ago on medical grounds, and had bought birthday presents for his girlfriend Laura Hare the day before he died.

Mr Lawrence, speaking on behalf of the family, said: “We are incredibly proud of Jamie. He was fun-loving, sporting, popular, caring, loyal. He played football for Huntington School and Strensall Tigers when he was younger and Strensall FC more recently.

“He also played darts for the Half Moon pub in Strensall, and won half a dozen trophies and was named player of the league.”

The family said Jamie had attended the Army Foundation College in Harrogate after leaving school and became a vehicle mechanic, but had to leave because he suffered from Raynaud’s Disease, a circulation problem which was exacerbated during training in very cold conditions.

However, the condition had eased recently and he had passed a test to rejoin the army and was awaiting an interview.

They said he had been incredibly popular, with a large circle of friends who had been shocked by his death, including Lewis Knox, Brad Rawle, Martin Stone and Daryl Robson. One friend, darts partner Johnny Cooper, said Jamie had been “one of the boys.”

Mick Leigh, secretary of Strensall FC, said Jamie had been the team’s leading goal scorer. “He was a good lad,” he said. “He always had respect for people.”

The family has said Jamie’s funeral will take place at 2.30pm next Thursday at St Wilfrid’s Garrison Church at Strensall, followed by burial at Strensall and Towthorpe Cemetery and then a wake at the Half Moon.

They asked people if possible to wear “onesies,” which Jamie had loved wearing, or otherwise bright coloured-clothing. They also requested that instead of flowers, people make donations to Emma, who will be taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds for Help For Heroes in memory of Jamie.

Hundreds of tributes have been written to Jamie on his Facebook page. One friend, Adam Myerscough, wrote: “Couldn’t ask for a better friend... I will miss you every day, love you pal.”

Joe Sawyer, wrote: “You had this unique personality which everyone wanted to be around and which everyone loved you for... there is no one who could ever come close to your level... You will forever be in my heart and memories”.

Jasmin Walker wrote: “Memories of you will always stay with me forever, your smile brightened up everyone’s day, you will be missed by all, just doesn’t seem real”.

Tributes to Jamie and messages of condolence may be left below.

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10:03am Sat 26 Jan 13

Tinpot says...

A really good lad, I knew Jamie through my son who'd been at school with him right through from the age of 5.It's difficult to put your feelings into words when something like this happens, it's makes us understand how much you rely on getting up in the morning and finding everything is as you left it the night before, just how precious 'normal' every day life can be, what a tentative grip on life we all have and what a devestating effect it has on so many of us when someone loses that grip. I can't even begin to imagine how Joe and the family are feeling, our thoughts go to them and all those affected by this tragic loss.
A really good lad, I knew Jamie through my son who'd been at school with him right through from the age of 5.It's difficult to put your feelings into words when something like this happens, it's makes us understand how much you rely on getting up in the morning and finding everything is as you left it the night before, just how precious 'normal' every day life can be, what a tentative grip on life we all have and what a devestating effect it has on so many of us when someone loses that grip. I can't even begin to imagine how Joe and the family are feeling, our thoughts go to them and all those affected by this tragic loss. Tinpot
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10:12am Sat 26 Jan 13

yorkiemum says...

So sad I have sons round Jamie's age and feel so desperately sorry for those left behind.
So sad I have sons round Jamie's age and feel so desperately sorry for those left behind. yorkiemum
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12:41pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

I used to see this young lad around Strensall with loads of his mates, and he was clearly very popular, and well-liked. Other times I would see him walking his dog, which impressed me because you don't see many young people having time for things like that.

It's tragic and a great loss.

Sincere condolences to his family and all his friends.

RIP Jamie.
I used to see this young lad around Strensall with loads of his mates, and he was clearly very popular, and well-liked. Other times I would see him walking his dog, which impressed me because you don't see many young people having time for things like that. It's tragic and a great loss. Sincere condolences to his family and all his friends. RIP Jamie. Scarlet Pimpernel
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2:35pm Sat 26 Jan 13

york gooner says...

I am so sorry to read of Jamie's sudden death. I know only too well of the devastation and grief the family will be suffering as my daughter died suddenly aged 20 three years ago. Obviously I do not know the circumstances related to Jamie's death, but my family found comfort in contacting the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y) who specialise in consoling families and friends of young people under 35 who have died of coronary conditions that have been previously undetected (as in our daughter's case). This charity really gave wonderful support and made us aware of the fact that 500 young people a year die suddenly from previously undiagnosed heart conditions. Until it happens to you, you aren't aware of such grief.
I am so sorry to read of Jamie's sudden death. I know only too well of the devastation and grief the family will be suffering as my daughter died suddenly aged 20 three years ago. Obviously I do not know the circumstances related to Jamie's death, but my family found comfort in contacting the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (C-R-Y) who specialise in consoling families and friends of young people under 35 who have died of coronary conditions that have been previously undetected (as in our daughter's case). This charity really gave wonderful support and made us aware of the fact that 500 young people a year die suddenly from previously undiagnosed heart conditions. Until it happens to you, you aren't aware of such grief. york gooner
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2:42pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Vickyf75 says...

A heartbreaking and tragic story. Although I didn't know Jamie that well I know his mum, sister and girlfriend and they are three of the loveliest people you could meet. It is obvious from the hundreds of Facebook items that Jamie was hugely loved and respected by all who knew him and I hope that this, together with the fact that they are are a close, devoted family will get them through the hardest of times, safe in the knowledge that their boy was so clearly such a big part of the lives of so many. Rest In Peace Jamie ****
A heartbreaking and tragic story. Although I didn't know Jamie that well I know his mum, sister and girlfriend and they are three of the loveliest people you could meet. It is obvious from the hundreds of Facebook items that Jamie was hugely loved and respected by all who knew him and I hope that this, together with the fact that they are are a close, devoted family will get them through the hardest of times, safe in the knowledge that their boy was so clearly such a big part of the lives of so many. Rest In Peace Jamie **** Vickyf75
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4:48pm Sat 26 Jan 13

the famous one! says...

Terry smith fourth avenue heworth york, It's so sad and truely a great loss
Sincere condolences to his family and all his friends. RIP Jamie.x
Terry smith fourth avenue heworth york, It's so sad and truely a great loss Sincere condolences to his family and all his friends. RIP Jamie.x the famous one!
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5:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jpnickson24 says...

Jamie was such a good friend to me. i had some of the best childhood memories with him and i couldnt of asked for a better freind to share these memories with.
I knew jamie since the age of 8 and throughout the years we did lots of great things, like play toy soldiers in the woods at weeton camp, went on holiday to turkey, and to the seaside together.
He was very liked by many, fun to be around and such a nice lad.
No doubt he will have touched the hearts of all the people that knew him.
Sincere condolences to a wonderful family, lin, joe and emma.
god bless jamie, rest peacefully
Ill miss you buddy! x
Jamie was such a good friend to me. i had some of the best childhood memories with him and i couldnt of asked for a better freind to share these memories with. I knew jamie since the age of 8 and throughout the years we did lots of great things, like play toy soldiers in the woods at weeton camp, went on holiday to turkey, and to the seaside together. He was very liked by many, fun to be around and such a nice lad. No doubt he will have touched the hearts of all the people that knew him. Sincere condolences to a wonderful family, lin, joe and emma. god bless jamie, rest peacefully Ill miss you buddy! x jpnickson24
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10:18pm Wed 30 Jan 13

wverity says...

A lovely young man, always friendly, helpful and polite towards people. We knew Jamie and Lin his Mum.
Jamie was a very thoughtful and caring often popping in to visit my elderly mum whilst out walking his dog. His company would cheer her up and she thought alot about him often commenting what a pleasant young man he was. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lin, Joe and Emma at such a sad time.
R.I.P Jamie.You will never be forgotten. X
A lovely young man, always friendly, helpful and polite towards people. We knew Jamie and Lin his Mum. Jamie was a very thoughtful and caring often popping in to visit my elderly mum whilst out walking his dog. His company would cheer her up and she thought alot about him often commenting what a pleasant young man he was. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lin, Joe and Emma at such a sad time. R.I.P Jamie.You will never be forgotten. X wverity
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