Heartbroken family and friends pay tributes to ‘gentle giant’ who died aged 26

The heartbroken family and friends of a "kind and caring" man who died suddenly at the age of 26 have paid tributes to him.

Tom Hallam, from Boston, Lincolnshire, passed way on February 27, Lincolnshire Live Reports.

He has been described as "a lovely lad who always let a smile on everyone's faces".

The Boston United fan was very active on Twitter , where he shared his passion for football and wrestling with other enthusiasts.

His mother, Biddy Hallam, said he was "the most caring son" she could ever have wished for.

Mrs Hallam added: “Myself and Paul (his father) are absolutely overwhelmed by all the love and support. We knew what an amazing human being he was, but did not realise how many other people thought the same.

“There will forever be a huge void in our lives without him. And we would like to thank everyone for all the love and support. It is such a comfort knowing how everyone who met him loved him.”

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Charlie Hull, who was one of his closest friends, said he had been “devastated” by the news.

“I couldn’t believe I, it’s not something you expect,” he said. “It hurts a lot more when it’s as sudden as that.

“He was so bubbly, he was always full of jokes and there was never a dull moment with him. You knew if you were going on a night out with him it would be a good one."

He added: “He loved football and wrestling.

“It all started watching Wrestlemania, we got talking and we found out each other’s love for football.

“We did a lot of football days out together. We spent many days out watching Boston United and we were lucky enough to get on a Manchester United away day together.

“We would always meet at the Eagle pub before the match and it would’ve been the same on Saturday.

"We’re going to meet there at 1pm on Saturday and raise a glass to him, and there’s going to be a minute’s applause for him before the match."

Cally Roberts, who went to school with Tom, said he was a “gentle giant” who everyone loved.

She said: “It’s a cruel world we live in – 26 years old and his life is over!”

“Tom was an all-round nice guy and a gentle giant. He had a heart of gold and had time for anyone no matter where in life they came from.

He will forever be missed by all that knew and loved him. His passion for football especially Boston United was brilliant – he used to chant at the top of his voice down the school corridor every day.

“It’s crazy that we’ll never see that face again, a face that everyone knew and loved.”

Billy Maddison, who played football with Tom, said he was a “smashing” lad.

“I’ve grown up with him, we spent every day in the summer together, playing football,” he said.

“He was really popular, a smashing lad who never had a bad word to say about anybody.

“People would always say how polite and kind he was. I’m just totally devastated and in total shock.”

A JustGiving page set up to raise money to help with his funeral has attracted more than £3,300 in donations.

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