Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Michael Was a Lovely Lad - We Just Want His Memory His to Live on. A Year after Death, Friends Honour Sailor

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Michael Was a Lovely Lad - We Just Want His Memory His to Live on. A Year after Death, Friends Honour Sailor

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

THE heartbroken family and friends of a young Teesside man - killed after a day's work aboard HMS Cornwall - have vowed his memory will live on forever.

Generous and fun-loving Michael Gamesby, a Royal Navy engineering technician, had "everything to live for" when he was tragically killed one year ago today, aged just 23 - knocked down by a people carrier as he got out of a cab in Dubai.

His devastated mum Julie, 47, and dad Kevin, 53, learned their beloved son, who had been looking forward to getting engaged to girlfriend Jess Cansfield, then 20, died instantly as a result of his injuries.

The Acklam couple, who have another son, Sam, 20, said their lives "would never be the same again" after Michael's death and today, Julie and Kevin feel exactly the same.

But after a painful year in which they have had to try and cope with an unimaginable loss, the couple, with the help of loving family and friends, are determined to keep Michael's memory alive.

Julie said: "He was a lovely lad so bright and forward thinking. He wanted to get an engineering degree. That was his main focus."

Kevin added: "He was looking into what was the best ship to go on to carry his apprenticeship through. He was always thinking: 'this time next year, I want to be at this level'."

As well as being the life and soul of any party, popular Michael, nicknamed "Sheep" due to his curly, blonde hair, was a keen sportsman and loved football and boxing.

So the Poverina pub's football team he was once "the heartbeat" of has reformed in his memory, thanks to the help of friends of Michael's like Craig Grainger, 28.

Craig and his pals led newly formed AFC Sheep in a charity match in Michael's memory and now hope to make the battle for the Sheep Cup an annual event. They helped raise pounds 2,400 for the team and have contributed towards a new charity set up in Michael's memory, which is run by Julie. …

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