THE mother of a young man who tragically passed away last week has paid tribute to her much-loved son. Lewis James McFarlin, who lived in Tean, sadly passed away on Tuesday, January 14. Known to his family and friends as Lewj, the 24-year-old was a much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many.
His mum Leah Salt told the Times & Echo: “Lewj was such an adorable person. He was an angel child – never any bother.
“Anyone who met him just loved him. Maybe he was just too good for this world?”
Born in Germany and moving, with his family to the UK at the age of one, Lewj moved to the Moorlands area in 2003, initially living in Alton and then in Tean.
He attended St John’s School in Alton before it closed followed by St Thomas’ in Tean before attending Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle.
He furthered his education at Leek College where he studied engineering before taking on an apprenticeship at RJ Lifts in Fenton, where he continued to work.
Leah said of Lewj’s choice of career: “He was the only kid I know who would not use a lift but instead, ask what floor we were going to, and then race up the stairs to join us there.
“So I was very surprised when he came back saying he was doing lift engineering.”
Leah confirmed that her son had died while at work and that an investigation into the incident is currently being carried out by the Health and Safety Executive.
Lewj was a Stoke City Football Club fan who was a season ticket holder for many years.
Leah said: “He also supported his friends who played football in Cheadle, he would always be at the side line on a Sunday morning cheering them on.
“He enjoyed partying with his friends and was a really popular lad.
“Everyone who met him was drawn to him and he would talk to anyone of any age.
“He even got on really well with our elderly neighbours.
“My dad went through chemo last year and Lewj would go to his house and look after Dad’s racing pigeons for him. He was always thoughtful and caring.”
Lewj had three siblings in 26-year-old Jasmine, 16-year-old Ewan and two-year-old Hattie.
Leah said: “He absolutely adored Hattie and before I met Hattie’s dad, Lewj was like the man of the house.
“I had been a single mum for a few years and he was my rock and a perfect son.
“Lewj helped me to raise the other two – he was a great role model for them.”
Leah added that her son had lots of friends. She said: “He had a real love for life and was always doing something or going somewhere.
“He had been to South Africa a few times as some of his friends originate from there.
“People who knew him just loved him.
“One of his closest friend’s has already said they are going to create a memory garden at his farm in memory of Lewj.
“I have had so many message of support, not only from my own friends but also from Lewj’s friends which has been comforting.”
Lewj’s Funeral Mass Service will take place on Monday (January 27) at St John’s Roman Catholic Church in Alton at midday followed by interment.
Family and friends wishing to attend are kindly invited to meet at the church and colourful clothing is invited to be worn.
Family flowers only please, with donations if desired for Staffordshire Wildlife Trust or Prostate Cancer UK.
Donations and inquiries to J P Keates & Son, Funeral Directors, Bank House, 37 Bank Street, Cheadle. Telephone: 01538 752164. Website: www.jpkeatesandson.co.uk.
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