Gathering to celebrate life of much-loved Tom

Tom Boomer, 14, of Bloxham, who tragically died on March 31
Tom Boomer, 14, of Bloxham, who tragically died on March 31

The family of a much-loved teenager who died after a fall from a Banbury car park wants all his friends to come together to celebrate his life.

Tom Boomer, 14, of Bloxham, died on March 31 after falling from the Bolton Road multi-storey car park.

Tom, a pupil at Chipping Norton School and previously The Warriner School in Bloxham, leaves his father Douglas, mother Clare and sister Kirstin, who are keen for the day of his funeral to be a joyful and memorable commemoration of his life.

His mother said: “We are trying to make it a celebration of life rather than just mourning.”

Tom’s funeral will take place at Banbury Crematorium in Southam Road at 3pm on Thursday, April 17.

Because space inside is expected to be limited, the service will be relayed to the courtyard via loudspeaker.

Mrs Boomer said: “People can wear casual clothes if they like and Tom’s friends are encouraged to wear their favourite band t-shirts.”

Mrs Boomer added the family is very grateful for all the support following Tom’s untimely death. She said: “His friends were a huge part of his life. Some of them have come to our house to talk to us, which must have been quite daunting for them but has been very helpful. We’d also like to express our thanks to all his peers who have set up a Facebook page and people who have taken time to contribute to it; it means a lot to us.”

Tom’s closest friends are invited to take their instruments to the Great Hall at Bloxham School after the funeral for a celebration of his life with live music and the opportunity to share memories. Instead of flowers the family is asking people to donate money c/o J.M. Humphris, 32 Albert Street, Banbury, OX16 5DG, to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins or the Banbury branch of the Samaritans. A concert in Tom’s memory will be held next term at The Warriner School.