Tributes paid by parents and brother of late Haverhill man

The late Peter James

The late Peter James


The parents of a young Haverhill man who died in a road accident have described him as ‘the most wonderful son’, while his brother has labelled him as ‘gifted in many ways’.

Peter James, 26, from Brybank Road, died last Sunday (December 15) after his car hit a tree.

He had been driving to start work at Marchants at midday, where he was an electrical and mechanical engineer.

He had worked for the firm for seven years, starting on the shop floor before becoming an apprentice and then an engineer.

“He was a happy-go-lucky sort of person who would never let anyone get him down,” said mum Sue, 53.

“He really was the most wonderful son in the world.”

Dan Ian, 65, added: “He was hard working, very helpful and a great guy.”

His brother Ian, 21, said: “He had a great sense of humour and was gifted in many ways.

“He was an exceptional guitarist and very clever.

“I looked up to him and hoped to emulate his success”

Peter played in Indie-Rock band ‘This Broken Empire’, which had their music played on Radio One, having previously played for Foregone Conclusion and Indigo.

He bought his first guitar aged nine, saving up his pocket money after being inspired by a documentary about The Beatles.

Fellow musicians who were inspired by him are hoping to perform a tribute concert to him at Haverhill Arts Centre, with fellow band member Matt Plumb hoping to have completed a song they were working on to sing at his funeral, which will likely be next year.

Peter met Lucy Jane, 23, in 2008 and married on July 16 last year.

They were living with her parents as the couple had just saved up enough to buy their first apartment together.

Peter’s family are glad that the Liverpool fan got to fulfil many of his dreams, such as a three day visit to Anfield with Lucy, seeing favourite band Oasis perform at Wembley Stadium and watching the Silverstone grand prix.

“He and Lucy were a close couple who were so much in love.

“He was so happy and they really complemented each other,” said his dad.

“It was great to see him growing up and he was certainly going in the right direction.”

Sue added: “We were so proud of how he turned out and everything seemed to be falling into place for him.

“He was a larger-than-life character and we’ve been left overwhelmed by the public outpourings of grief.”

Describing the time they first heard the tragic news of his death, his brother said: “I froze completely and thought it was a nightmare.

“It’s the last thing you expect as he was so careful.

“We were going to go out and buy our presents that week and put the decorations up but now there’s just no point.”

Ian Senior added: “We’re still devastated and in disbelief about it.

“We’ve cancelled Christmas and won’t be doing anything this year.”

Sue said: “When the police came I said ‘no, no, no’.

“I would give everything in the world to have him back and wish it could have been me that was taken instead because he had so much to look forward to and so much going for him.”

Peter will also be missed by grantparents Pat and Len Smith, of Beech Grove, Haverhill – Sue’s mother and step father.

Police were contacted by the ambulance service around 11.45am on Sunday (December 15) with reports that a car had collided with a tree on Homefield Road, Haverhill, near to the junction with Moon Hall Lane.

Peter James was found inside the borrowed yellow Renault Clio and efforts were made to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.20pm.

Anyone with information on the crash or who saw the car before can call police on 101.

Peter’s family do not believe he was at fault for what they say was a ‘freak accident’.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 2) Echo.




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