A FOOTBALL-MAD teenager was tragically killed in a quad bike accident while on holiday celebrating finishing his A-Level studies last week.
James Fifield, 18, from Marlow, travelled to the Greek island of Zante with seven friends two days after finishing school, but sadly died just days later after texting family to say he was ‘having the time of his life’.
Police are yet to confirm the circumstances surrounding the accident, although family were told he was involved in a road collision while travelling back to his hotel on a quad bike in the early hours of Saturday, July 5.
His mum and stepdad have now paid tribute to a kind, thoughtful, personality, and his cheeky smile.
Claire Fifield-Moore, James’ mum, said: “He was such a kind person. We are going to miss him so much. He was my best friend as well as a son and I just can’t believe he has gone.
“He text me to say he was having the time of his life and really enjoying his holiday with his friends which was really nice to know.
“He had so many friends and a big family; he is going to be sorely missed by everyone.”
James’ stepdad, Brian Moore, said: “The thing most of us will remember about him was his cheeky smile.
“He used to come in smiling and you would be like ‘what have you done?’, ‘what are you smiling about?’, but that is just what he was like.
“He was a really keen footballer, a massive fan of Liverpool, he was always playing football with his sister Jasmine in the garden and with friends as well.
“He was planning to go to America to coach football after getting his A-Level results. One of the saddest things is he never got to see his school results. He passed all his exams and got a distinction, but never found out.”
Paul Oldham, James’ dad said: “We climbed the 'high ropes' for your 18th and had such an amazing time. I was looking forward to sharing many more adventures together. “You made me so proud I couldn't have wished for a more loving son. You brought love and laughter to everyone. We'll miss you loads.”
The family said they were amazed to see so many tributes paid to James and were so grateful for all the kind words of everyone who knew him.
His friends are expected to wear Liverpool FC shirts to James’ funeral in memory of him and other guests have been asked to wear an item of red as well.
The funeral will be held next Friday, July 18, at All Saints Church in Marlow.
The service will start at 2pm and the family have said all are welcome.