Tributes pour in for popular, loyal friend

Chris Palmer. Photo by R W Davenport Photography Ltd NNL-141216-175529001
Chris Palmer. Photo by R W Davenport Photography Ltd NNL-141216-175529001

Tributes have flooded in to the family of popular and well- known Banbury man, Chris Palmer, who has died aged 35.

Mr Palmer, an electrician, died on Friday at his home.

Chris Palmer. Photo by R W Davenport Photography Ltd NNL-141216-175529001

Chris Palmer. Photo by R W Davenport Photography Ltd NNL-141216-175529001

A father of one son, he was engaged to Sarah Young, also known as Aurora J Young for whom he co-managed the recording and release of her album, Reap What You Sow, in June. The project’s Facebook page has received hundreds of messages and tributes.

Ms Young said: “He was a beautiful person. He was the driving force of the music project. We worked so well with each other, bouncing ideas between each other.”

Friend Stevie Matt Cooper said: “Chris took care of me and my family; he was always the first to call when I had a bad day, the first to respond to any emergency.

“He was my best friend, like a big brother – the best non-musical musician I’ve ever known and not a day will go by without me thinking of him.

“He was the most loyal, trustworthy friend I’ve ever had and he has been taken from us far too soon.”

Mr Palmer was father to 17-year-old Reece and brother to Colin.

His parents, John and Mary, met and married in Hong Kong when they were stationed in the colony in the Royal Air Force. They took their family to a holiday in Hong Kong last year, a treat Ms Young described as ‘the best week of our lives’.

She said: “Chris always wanted to travel and see the world. He had an adventurous spirit. He had his own business and he went out and got what he wanted,” said Ms Young.

“His motto was, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If anyone ever needed anything, from a lift up the road to being taken to a festival across the country, Chris wouldn’t hesitate. He was there for everyone who mattered to him.”

Ms Young said Mr Palmer had suffered depression and she appealed to anyone experiencing similar problems to reach out and accept help.

“I really want to get the message out to people, especially to men, to put their pride aside if they suffer depression. I don’t want this to be in vain,” she said.

Mr Palmer was passionate about motor racing and snooker. He was well known for his youthful attitude, mischievous grin and his jokes.

Ms Young said management skills came naturally to him.

She added: “It was as though he had been an industry pro his entire life. He had a cheeky charm and the gusto to aim high and accept nothing but the best. He was inspirational, motivational and ultimately sucessful.

“He was always incredibly passionate, ambitious and hard working.

“He became aware how music touched people’s lives and how important it was to open up and reach out to others throuh expression and interpretation. Unfortunately he still found it too difficult to talk about his own feelings and his nature convinced him everything was under control.

“The darker side refused to acknowledge help was needed. I urge anyone suffering mental health problems to reach out and accept help. No one should face it alone.” she said.

Mr Palmer’s funeral will take place at Banbury Crematorium at 1pm on Tuesday and afterwards at Castle House.

The family has asked for donations for Mind in place of flowers.