THE parents of a 13-year-old boy who died on Friday say their son will be “deeply missed by so many”.
Richard Greenwood of Highroad Well in Halifax, died suddenly at his home on Friday afternoon.
His father Phil and his mother Sally have paid tribute to their son, who was both a keen sportsman and musician.
“We are very proud of Richard, not just for his many talents but mostly for his loving, caring and sensitive nature,” said Phil.
“He was growing into a truly wonderful young man and will be missed deeply by so many. All his family and his many friends are devastated at losing him.”
Richard, a pupil at North Halifax Grammar School, played football for Greetland Goldstars U14’s, where his Dad was the manager.
A minute silence was observed by players in all matches at Greetland Community Centre, and at all games in the West Riding Cup, yesterday afternoon as a mark of respect to Richard.
He also captain the Luddenden Foot U13 cricket team following their move from King Cross last summer.
His mum Sally said: “In his 13 years Richard has experienced so many great things and we are trying to find some comfort not only in this but also from all the heartfelt tributes from friends, of which we are so grateful.”
His sister, Rosanna, was a member of the same band as Richard, who was a budding guitarist and owned three guitars.
Said she had lost not only a brother, but a best friend.
“Me and Rich had some amazing times and we were lucky we had so much in common,” she said.
“He was talented, beautiful and I love him.”
Tributes have been pouring in on facebook.
One person said: “You were an amazing lad and were brilliantly talented and have gone before you could become the big star you were destined to be. RIP - you’ll never be forgotten.”
Another said: “You were one of the most talented, nice, funny guys I’ve had the privilege to know.”
Police confirmed the death of a young male on Friday evening.
They are not treating his death as suspicious.