Family pays tribute to tragic son

Richard Horrocks
Richard Horrocks

THE family of a young man who died in tragic circumstances have paid tribute to their “multi-talented and much loved” brother and son.

Richard Horrocks, 21, died in the early hours of Sunday morning after he jumped from a balcony into the River Ouse, in York City Centre.

Richard, who moved to York from Hartlepool three years ago, had just finished his last shift as a bartender at the Revolution nightspot in the city and was set to start a new job this week.

He has left behind his devastated parents, David and Vicki, and younger sister Abbi, 18, who told the Mail of their love and pride for the confident, loving and popular youngster.

“It’s an honour to have spent 21 years with Richard,” said mum, Vicki, 44.

“He was the loving son, a master of all trades.”

Richard studied at Hart Primary School before moving on to Red House School, in Stockton, and Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

A keen sportsman who played rugby, hockey, and enjoyed skateboarding and mountain biking, Richard also impressed on the stage where he took part in a number of drama productions and was the lead singer of a band in York.

Richard lived in Hartlepool until 2008 when he moved to York, while his family moved to Northallerton.

“He always enjoyed being the centre of attention,” said dad David, 52, a finance director.

“Richard always had a smile on his face and loved making people laugh.

“We have so many fantastic memories of him that will stay with us forever.

“He was a bright enough kid and lived life for sport, he played rugby for West Hartlepool and hockey for Norton.”

Mum Vicki added: “We have always been such a tight family unit, whenever Richard performed on stage or played sport we would always be there to support him.

“We moved to Boston for a couple of years when Richard was just two and a half years old and within a year he had picked up the American accent.

“That’s just an example of how he would grasp anything that was put in front of him.

“We just hope that Richard’s tragic accident will serve as a reminder to his peers that young men are not invincible.”

Scores of tribute messages have also been left by friends on social network site Facebook.

“We have been moved by the sheer volume of tributes which have been left,” said David.

“It shows just how much of an impact Richard had on so many people.”

Sister Abbi, a student, added: “Richard was just the best older brother, he always had something to say to make you laugh.”.

The funeral is taking place next Monday, August 1 from 9.30am at All Saints Church, in Northallerton.

Richard’s family said friends are welcome to attend.

Tributes to Richard can be left by following the link at the bottom of this story