Always smiling and the “life and soul of the party” is how friends have described a young man killed in a car crash on Christmas Day.
Tributes have been paid to 23-year-old Chris Jones, who died in a collision in Sleaford Road, Metheringham.
Chris, of Water Lane in North Witham, was driving a blue Peugeot 307 when the crash occurred with a white Fiat Marea. Emergency services were called to the scene at around 5.30pm. The driver and passenger in the Fiat were cut free from the wreckage by firefighters. Their injuries were not serious.
Once the Journal reported the tragic incident on its website, tributes to the “lovely guy” with a “big heart” flooded in through Facebook.
Yesterday (Thursday), the president of Kesteven Rugby Club, Mike Money, paid tribute to the young “gentle giant”.
Mr Money said: “He was a really genuine, decent, honest player. It’s difficult to put into words; he was somebody everybody loved and respected at the club.
“We’ll feel the loss of a member of the family.”
Chris joined the rugby club as a youngster aged 10 years old.
He “gave everything on the pitch” and made his presence felt during every game. Mr Money said: “It’s a set of boots that will be impossible to replace.”
He added that the loss of a life at just 23 years of age is “shattering”.
Dozens of tributes were paid to Chris on the Journal’s Facebook page. Here is a selection of them:
Sam Tuohy-Steele - RIP. thoughts are with all your family & friends at this sad time x
Will Davidson - Tragic news, RIP Chris, From Class of 2007 x
Tim Ballaam - RIP Chris. Right out of the blue, and its clear this has affected so many people. Always capable af raising a smile.
Emily Wilkinson - RIP Chris. Great guy with a great smile!! Thoughts with his family x x x x x
Elizabeth Palmer - Rip Chris, a truly lovely guy, you’ll be missed xx
Christine Emily Davies - RIP big man! X.
Rebecca McBride - RIP Chris. Thoughts go out to friends and family! So young x
Charlene Timmins - R.i.p Chris such sad news prayers with friends and family will be missed xxx
Alison Willesden - Sadly missed. I’m still in shock. Love you always Chris xx
Jennifer N Dale Bottoms - So sad such a lovely adorable lad has been taken so early, thoughts are with ur family chris xx
Emma Mowat - Gutted, taken way too early so sad, u will be so missed, R.I.P CJ
Kate Russell - Stolen from us far too early,a star in the making,life and sole of the party,larger than life will be missed by so many people- thinking of you Barry Rachel and wills.
David Anthony Shipman - RIP Chris. Always the life of the office and I am proud to say that I had the pleasure of working with you. Your singing never failed to cheer us up when we were all down. Thoughts are with your family x
James Cowley - Sleep tight chris. You’ll be missed by all xx
Justin Welham - Keep smiling big man!
Sam Clegg - So sad, you’ll be missed old friend. Thoughts with your family at this time.
Em Russell - RIP Chris. Another angel in heaven. Thoughts and prayers to all ur friends and family. Gone but not forgotten
Allan Haynes - Great golfer the golfing community is in morning R.I.P Chris Jones God bless his family
Emma Victoria Robertson - R.i.p chris. Gone but not forgotten xxxx
Gillian Shipman - We loved your big smile and your big heart full of love and kindness. A truly wonderful young man who will be missed forever.