TRIBUTES have come in this week for the Chatteris man and his friend killed in a road accident in March in the early hours of Sunday.
Dom Iliffe (24) and James Kiely (27) both died after they were involved in an accident with a van as they walked home from a night out in March.
They were returning to spend the night at the home of Dom’s long-term mates Alex and Will Salter in Wimblington when the collision happened close to the Mill Hill garage on Wimblington Road at around 3.25am.
Alex and Will together with fellow friends Tom Graves and James Canham spoke of their shock and upset at the loss of Dom, who they described “as the glue that kept their group together”.
Twins Alex and Will had been out earlier in the evening with Dom and James Kiely, who was the boyfriend of Dom’s sister Abigail and was visiting from London.
But the brothers went home early and promised to leave a key for Dom and James to get in as they wanted to stay out longer.
“We regularly stayed at each others homes. We have been friends since secondary school and have never had a fall out. Dom was so easy going, but at the same time he was organised.
“He was the planner and organiser, the driving force of our group. We went on holiday together and it was all down to Dom sorting it out. This year we have been to Blackpool, Ireland, Oxford and Reading and have had a great time together. He also organised our friend Martin’s stag do in Nottingham,” explained Alex.
The boys had only just met James Kiely, who lived in London, at the weekend, but said he seemed like a really nice person and had been good company on the night out.
Dom, who lived in Chatteris with his mother Sam Taylor and step dad Paul Stratford, has an elder brother Ben, and two younger sisters Abigail and Beth. His father Bill Iliffe also lives in Chatteris.
Will said: “Dom always saw the funny side in anything. He could just make you laugh. He was always such a happy person. He loved cooking and regularly cooked for his family and friends.”
The friends were all members of the gym at March George Campbell Leisure Centre and worked out there practically every day.
“Dom was totally committed, when he decided to do something he would do it to the best of his ability. He worked really hard in the gym and had lost a lot of weight this year - he had gone from a 36 inch waist to 32 inch waist. He was very proud of how well he had done.
“But that was how Dom was. If he set out to do something, he would do it. He was naturally good at everything he did,” said Alex.
“He was a really hard worker. He was so energetic and that was infectious, he made us all do our best too,” added Will.
Dom was educated at the Cromwell Community College in Chatteris and completed a year of sixth form at the Neale-Wade Community College in March, before leaving to start work.
Dom, who worked as a plasterer with his uncle Dan Brown’s firm DAD Plastering, enjoyed numerous hobbies including playing computer games with his friends, cooking and going out.
He regularly helped out at the car boot sales organised by the Salter family at Skylark garden centre in Wimblington.
Mandy Salter, Alex and Will’s mother, added her tribute saying: “He was a lovely lad, a son anyone would be proud of. He was like a member of our family and we will miss him terribly.”
The boys ended their tribute saying: “Dom was ‘legend’ - it was how we always signed our text messages to each other, and it was true of Dom - he will be unbelievably missed.”