Family pays tribute to 'fun-loving' son
PUBLISHED: 17:11 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010
FRIENDS and family paid tribute this week to an incredibly easy-going and fun-loving young man who was killed at Great Chesterford Railway Station on Saturday morning. Matthew Williams, 18, had been at a friend s birthday party in Great Chesterford on F
FRIENDS and family paid tribute this week to an "incredibly easy-going and fun-loving" young man who was killed at Great Chesterford Railway Station on Saturday morning.
Matthew Williams, 18, had been at a friend's birthday party in Great Chesterford on Friday night. Early on Saturday morning he decided to get a train back to his Newport home. But at 6.15am, British Transport Police received a call informing them that a body had been found on the line.
Mother Heather Chisholme said: "He was a lovely young man with everything ahead of him. His whole family is devastated by his death.
"He was on his way home from his friend's 18th birthday party. His friends had encouraged him to stay, but he had wanted to come home to his bed.
"I don't know what happened or how he died. I will have to wait until the inquest.
"He had so much to look forward to and he was supposed to be going on holiday with six of his friends on Sunday. I have delayed Matthew's funeral so that his friends can still go on holiday - I told them to celebrate his life.
"He was liked by everyone who knew him. He loved playing his Playstation 3, like so many boys of his age, and he was looking forward to passing his driving test and getting a car."
Eldest son Matthew, 18, lived in Wicken Road, Newport, with his mother Heather Chisholme, his two sisters Jessica, 12, Rebecca, 10, and his 18-month-old brother James.
He attended Rickling Primary School and Newport Free Grammar School. He dropped out of his A-levels because he had glandular fever.
A floral tribute with personal messages was placed on the platform at Great Chesterford Railway Station, where Matthew's friends Peter Egan and Holly Manning - who said Matthew was "always smiling" - sat remembering their friend on Wednesday morning.
Peter, 17, said: "Matthew was one of my best mates for three years. He was incredibly easy-going and fun-loving.
"He was at my house for the party the night it happened. In the morning he tried to catch a train. Then first thing in the morning, someone else tried to get a train from the station and told us it had all been cordoned off because something had happened. Then it just clicked, and we knew something had happened."
Headteacher of Newport Free Grammar School, Sean O'Hagan, said: "Matthew was an honest and well-liked young man who was eventually hoping to make a future of himself in business.
"We are shocked and saddened by his tragic death and offer our thoughts and support to the family at this very difficult time."
A fund to support a counselling service has been set-up in Matthew's memory. See the notice on page 10 for details.