‘Farewell to our bright, beautiful boy’

THE parents of a ‘beautiful and bright’ teenager who died in an early morning crash have paid tribute to the popular 19-year-old.

Former Backwell School pupil Tom Clark was heading home to Flax Bourton when the Proton Satria he was driving collided with a concrete boulder in Bridgwater Road, Barrow Gurney.

His parents, Alana and Paul Clark, this week described the great comfort they have taken from the hundreds of cards and the floral tributes left at the crash site since their son’s death.

Tom, who was studying bricklaying at Weston College and worked for his father’s firm, Archway Building Contractors, died at the scene of the crash.

Alana and Paul said: “He was such a fun-loving and hard-working person and a real perfectionist.

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“He had his own gym and managed to get himself a six-pack, which he was really proud of.

“He was cheeky, bright, beautiful and loved gardening, and our dog Holly. He wouldn’t have one weed in the garden.

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“All the tributes which have been left for him and the cards we have received have been really nice, and have helped support us as a family.

“It shows just how well-loved Tom was.

“Tom was honest, sensitive, caring, thoughtful, loving and loyal.

“His prized possession was his lovely car.”

Tom, who had a brother Jak, aged 21, lived in Clevedon Road, Flax Bourton, all his life.

His funeral was held at St Oswald’s Church in Bedminster Down last week, the same place he was christened as a child.

Hundreds packed the church and there was standing room only as friends and family said their final goodbyes to the teenager.

Anyone with information about the crash, which happened at about 1.20am on March 1, can call police on 101.

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