A GRIEVING Pershore mum said she would remember her son as someone who had ‘loved life and lived it to the fullest’.
Speaking ahead of Sean Stevens funeral which was held in the town yesterday (Thursday), mum Lucy Marshall paid tribute to the local community for their support since Sean passed away.
The 17-year-old tragically passed away hours after he was rescued from the Bilford Top Lock on the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal on March 31.
Since his passing, a number of fund-raising projects have begun and among the projects is a bench which will be placed in Abbey Park in Sean’s memory.
The proud mum said she would remember her son as a ‘happy and active’ child during his early years in Pershore where he lived with her, his younger brother and stepdad.
Sean developed a love of motorbikes and motocross at the age of five and went to race tracks all over the Midlands before he joined Team Valley Motocross Club according to his mum.
Ms Marshall described her son as a typical teenager and said he attended Abbey Park First and Middle School, before moving to Pershore High School then De Montfort School in Evesham to further his education.
“School life didn’t really suit Sean and he was offered a scheme where he could be in a work placement attending the Heart of England College in Malvern and Pershore,” she said.
“He held a work placement at B&P joinery learning, and enjoyed the trade.”
Away from school. Ms Marshall said Sean was always keen on music and an artistic young man who loved to play the acoustic and electric guitar.
“He had a love of life and certainly lived it to its fullest always putting his friends before himself.
“He will be missed by many and remembered as a very cheeky lovable rogue,” she added.
Following the service at Pershore Abbey, a family-only burial was set to be held before a wake to remember Sean was held at Pershore Town Football Club.
Sean’s family have asked for flowers from family members only.
Donations can be made in Sean’s memory to West Midlands Air Ambulance and can be sent to Bedwardine Funeral Services, 1 St John’s, Worcester, WR2 5AE.