‘A little lad who has left a big gap’: Parents’ tribute to road accident victim Jack Southey, from Bradwell

Jack Southey. Photo: The Southey Family

Jack Southey. Photo: The Southey Family - Credit: Archant

The parents of a young man who died in a road accident have thanked the emergency services and community for their support.

Jack Southey, centre, with his family in Florida last year
Picture supplied by Norfolk police

Jack Southey, centre, with his family in Florida last year Picture supplied by Norfolk police - Credit: Archant

Jack Southey, 22, lost his life near his home in Burgh Road, Bradwell on Friday, March 24.

Nigel and Janette Southey paid tribute to their son, calling him 'a little lad who has left a big gap'.

His father Nigel, 51, said the emergency services had been wonderful in helping his son and supporting the family.

'It is good if people do have to go through this, they have this support there. We want to thank all the emergency services, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, the police, A&E staff, and Steve the liaison officer at the police.'

Jack Southey
Picture: Supplied by Norfolk police

Jack Southey Picture: Supplied by Norfolk police - Credit: Archant


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The family have received hundreds of messages of condolence from those who knew Jack and the wider community.

His father said people spoke of how caring Jack was, adding: 'Sometimes when you have children you wonder how they behave when they're out of your sight. All the messages we have had just go to show what a well thought of young man he was.

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'He might not always have been dealt the hand in life, but he just got on with it. He was always happy and smiling and full of life. It's hard to remember when he was ever upset.'

His mum Janette, 48, said: 'He never gave up, he just kept on trying.' She said when he was asked if it bothered him being 4ft 8ins tall, he said it did not in the slightest. She said the family would miss him loads.

Jack lived in Burgh Road all his life – the first house he lived in was further down the same road.

He loved school and attended Homefield School, Woodlands Middle School, then Lynn Grove High before attending East Norfolk Sixth Form.

The family went on holiday to Florida seven times, which Jack called his 'happy place'.

His sister Hannah, 18, described him as an adrenaline junkie, his favourite ride being the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

She said he was your typical big brother. She added: 'We would make fun of each other and have banter but we always looked out for each other.'

Jack's funeral takes place at Gorleston Crematorium in Oriel Avenue on Thursday, April 13 at 4pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend but family flowers only. Any donations can be made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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