“JAMIE was a beautiful human being who would have made a difference in the world.”
The heartbroken family of 22-year-old Jamie Butcher, who was killed in a road accident on Sunday, February 20, have paid tribute to the bright university student who had been accepted onto a course at Manchester just the day before he died.
“He was the most likeable, happy person,” Jamie’s mum, Tina, said, speaking from their Stow Lane home. “He made friends out of everybody, even if he only met someone once.
“He was just a beautiful human being, so fun and loving. Even his male friends have put on Facebook, ‘Jamie was a beautiful man.’
“He would have done something good with his life. He had such potential. He would have made such a difference, I truly believe that.”
Jamie’s Facebook page is testament to the impact he has had on people’s lives. Friends have left hundreds of messages in tribute.
“At first, I couldn’t bear to look at Facebook,” Tina said. “But I was so happy at what people were saying. There were so many messages we couldn’t read them all.”
The loss of Jamie has also been keenly felt by his 19-year-old sister, Hollie, who idolized her brother and was very close to him.
Jamie died when he was in collision with a car on Churchill Road. He had been into the town centre to get some money and was on his way home when the accident happened.
Shockingly, someone took his mobile phone from the accident scene. It was later handed in at the police station by a woman and the family would like to thank her.
Jamie, who was a former pupil of March’s Neale-Wade Community College, was the life and soul of any social situation and loved going out with his friends. His stepfather, Stephen Green, said Fenland was too quiet for him and he wanted to live in a city.
Last year he finished a three year degree in psychology at De Montford University in Leicester, where he gained a 2:2 BSc Hons. He loved being at university, with Tina calling it “the best three years of his life”, and had just been accepted for a post-graduate course in human rights, a subject Jamie was passionate about.
“He was so happy and proud,” Tina recalled, “full of what he was going to do.”
Since finishing university, Jamie had been working at Pike Textiles in Wisbech as an assistant to team leader Matthew Waring.
Mr Waring was full of praise for Jamie and said: “He was always a happy-go-lucky chap, very hard working. He will be greatly missed by all of us.”
The family thanked friends and relatives for all the help and support given to them since Jamie’s death and the police family liaison officer. Heartfelt thanks goes out to anyone who helped at the scene of the accident and they said knowing Jamie was not alone has been a great comfort.
• Jamie will be cremated at March Crematorium on Friday. The service starts at 12.45pm and anyone who knew Jamie is welcome to attend.
As Jamie was always so smart, the dress code is formal. Family flowers only, but donations in aid of Amnesty International, a cause supported by Jamie, would be gratefully received.
There will be a wake at the United Services Club, in New Road, March, following the service.