TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenage rugby player and lover of the outdoors who died in a road smash.
Thomas Burrow, 19, from Wentbridge, earned the nickname “Massive Performance” for his efforts representing Silcoates School at rugby in Italy, South Africa and Ireland.
But the adventurous youngster, known for his love of camping, extreme sports and Land Rovers, died on Saturday, May 12 after hitting a stationary HGV on the A1.
An inquest heard Tom, of Pear Tree Farm, Wentbridge, lost control of his Land Rover in heavy rain.
His mum Elizabeth Burrow, 46, said Tom had “a smile for everybody and a zest for life”.
She said: “Tom absolutely loved life. He threw himself into everything and was never bored. He was a popular lad and he loved everyone.”
Tom’s coffin was carried through Wakefield by a procession of Land Rovers at a celebration of his life, which included a function for more than 700 friends and family members at his school on Sunday, May 27.
The event raised thousands of pounds for Tom’s chosen charities Diabetes UK, the Willow Foundation and Help for Heroes.
Tom leaves sister Becky, 13, and brother Jonny, 18, who Mrs Burrow said was like a “best friend” to him.
Tom was studying forest and woodland management at the University of Cumbria, and planned to run his own forestry company.
He applied to Sandhurst to become a soldier, and also took part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, sailing competitions, mountain biking and clay pigeon shooting.
His dad Simon, 47, said Tom was a strong leader and had many interests.
He said: “There were no half measures with Tom, he always made sure the job was done.
“He was always busy planning his next project.
“He will be sadly missed at home but he leaves us with many things to remind us of his great efforts. Family and are all extremely proud to have shared his special life.”
The family thanked everyone who attended the celebration event for their flowers, cards and donations.
Visit www.justgiving.com/TimSMorgan to make a donation.