Mum pays tribute to fun-loving son Joe Silvey
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to Cheltenham man Joe Silvey, whose sudden death has left family and friends devastated.
The 24-year-old, from Charlton Kings, was found dead on the railway tracks near Dorchester, where he had been visiting friends.
Joe died in the early hours of August 19. British Transport Police said they believed he was electrocuted while trying to cross the tracks although at this stage the reasons for his death are unexplained. An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.
People closest to him have described him as a larger-than-life, fun-loving character, who would do anything for those he loved.
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His mother Suzi Silvey, who is still struggling to come to terms with her loss, recalled the last time she saw him.
"I was on my way to meet a friend for lunch and I bumped into him as I took a shortcut through an alleyway next to Sandford Park," she said.
"He was on his way to Cheltenham station and we had a chat about his plans for the weekend.
"He was on such a high as he was looking forward to seeing his friends. Then he went off happy.
"When I think about it, I'm so grateful we had that chance meeting. But that was typical Joe – positive, upbeat, and always making plans."
She had been inundated with messages from friends since his death, with people posting dozens of tributes on a dedicated Facebook page.
She added: "Joe was just great fun to be around. All his friends said he was always the life and soul of the party. We are all going to miss him."
Born in Cheltenham, Joe went to Charlton Kings Junior School before going to Balcarras.
He showed an early passion for cars and after he left school undertook an apprenticeship as a motor engineer.
When he died he was working for Cheltenham-based engineering company Apperley Honing, a job he was said to have loved. Bosses at the Kingsditch firm sent their sympathies to the family, saying Joe's enthusiasm for the job had made him a popular member of staff.
Close friend Katie Smith said Joe's people skills marked him out from others.
"He would do anything for his close friends and family," she said.
"I can't believe he has gone. It is just so sad. We all loved him."
His funeral will take place at noon on September 7 at St Mary's Church in Charlton Kings. Anyone who knew Joe is welcome to come and pay their respects.