THE parents of a young man from Park Hall who died last week have paid tribute to their “people person” son.
George Allsopp died when the van he was a passenger in collided with a lorry in Cambridgeshire last Tuesday, December 10.
Today (Tuesday), his parents, Robert and Debbie Allsopp, from Drenewydd, Park Hall, near Oswestry, said the 20-year-old electrician was highly regarded and would help anyone he could.
Mr Allsopp said his son had grown up helping him to renovate houses up and down the country.
He said: “He was a workaholic, well-educated – he was very clever for his age. He loved to work with me on the houses and the cars, he was my shadow.
“George was a lovely lad. He would help anyone he knew and people had a very high opinion of him.”
Mrs Allsopp continued: “He was always fun, he got on well with us and he had lots of friends – he always had time for people.
“In such a short time he had been to so many things.”
Although he worked for local electrical firm, Barlows, which he joined as an apprentice at 16-years-old, Mr Allsopp had been due to start a new job near Welshpool yesterday (Monday), something his father said he was “excited” to be doing.
He added: “He wanted to learn different styles of electrics. He had big plans and he lost a lot. It is so sad for him.”
Mr Allsopp had been in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, Leah Davidson, and had been due to be a godfather to Evie-Mai, the daughter of his close friend, Zoey Pallatina.
He was also well-known for his discos, a hobby he began at the age of 13, which soon turned into a business through Fusion Mobile Discos and Karaoke.
He was also a fan of Austin Minis and would organise trips with other Mini owners to raise funds for Midlands Air Ambulance. Donations made at Mr Allsopp’s funeral will go to the charity.
Managing Director, John Barlow added Mr Allsopp’s death was “a great loss”.
He said: “He was a smashing lad, making all the plans for his future and now he not going to do them.
“He was here for four years and he was good lad and well liked.”
Nigel Keates, Principal of St Martins School, formerly Rhyn Park School, where Mr Allsopp studied, said staff and students were “saddened” by the former pupil’s death, adding: “He was a very likeable student who made a lasting impression on us all during his time here.
“We send our thoughts and best wishes to his family and friends at this sad time.”
Mr Allsopp had also studied horticulture at Walford and North Shropshire College, while he was at Rhyn Park, and been a pupil of The Meadows Primary School in Oswestry.
His funeral will be held on Monday, December 23 at Shrewsbury Crematorium at 4pm, followed by tea at The Pedigree on Shrewsbury Road.