Family pay tribute to former Stevenage schoolboy killed in A507 crash

Jamie Horgan, who died aged 28

Jamie Horgan, who died aged 28 - Credit: Archant

The family of a former Stevenage schoolboy killed in a car crash on the A507 have paid tribute to him, describing him as a “massive character” who was the “life and soul of the party”.

Jamie Horgan died in the early hours of Monday, September 30, after the black Vauxhall Corsa he was travelling in left the road between Baldock and Royston.

The 28-year-old, who attended The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, leaves behind his parents Jim and Nora, brother Joe, sister Colleen and his eight-month-old nephew Buddy.

After finishing school, Mr Horgan, who lived in Royston, worked as an apprentice plumber before working in his father’s business selling satellite sports channels to pubs.

In a statement, Mr Horgan’s family said: “Jamie was the middle child and he was therefore cheeky and naughtier than the rest of us. He was well-known for his jokes and sense of fun. He was notorious for being the life and soul of the party. Any night of the week he could have found a party and would make sure he had a good time.

“He also went on so many holidays and always found ways to fund the numerous holidays he had - he went skiing, golfing, even though he was not particularly well-rounded at the sports, he did it for the social element and always had a good time.

“Jamie had a massive circle of friends and we have been so touched by people’s messages, support and their offering to help us since this terrible tragedy has happened.

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“Jamie also loved films, his favourite one was the Shawshank Redemption and he would spend a fortune on DVDs. He also loved music, especially Irish songs and artists, and at Christmas time he would put Fairytale of New York on loop on the jukebox.

“Jamie was a massive character and a loving brother, son, uncle and friend. We are devastated by what has happened and are trying to come to terms with our loss. We would like to thank everyone for all of the support and love and care they have given us since receiving this horrific news. We will never forget him and will miss him everyday.”

Mr Horgan’s funeral was held on Friday at the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church in Royston, followed by a wake at Royston Golf Club.