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Tributes paid to teenage Hornsey roofer
A teenager killed in a motorbike crash was "full of life and had so much promise".
Lee Wimbleton, of Marriott Road, Hornsey, died after his motorbike collided with a car in Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill, on Tuesday August 27 at 8.15pm.
The 19-year-old’s parents, Debbie and Peter Wimbleton, paid tribute to their roofer son who they described as "perfect in every way".
On the evening of his death, the family sat down to dinner as usual, before Lee set off to the gym on his motorbike at around 8pm.
When police arrived at the house at 10pm, Mrs Wimbleton said she "just knew" it was bad news about her youngest son and immediately broke down into tears.
But she is now keen to look back at happier times with her son and remember him as a mischievous yet shy teenager.
She said: "He loved going to the gym and was determined to get into shape. He was always working out with the weights – it was his passion.
"He was well built, but he couldn’t hurt a fly and was so caring, kind and compassionate. He had his whole life ahead of him and for this to have happened is so unfair.
"In the mornings we would complain because he was always grumpy but that’s what I’ll miss the most now. We nicknamed him Slug because of it – he loved sleeping.
"In the family he was always the one with the most washing. He insisted on changing his socks three times a day and would only wear white ones. He was hilarious."
Lee and his brothers, Mark, 21, and Billy, 23, were "inseparable" when growing up and "always looked out for each other".
His brother’s girlfriend is expecting a baby girl in November and Lee had been "ecstatic" about the idea of becoming an uncle.
After leaving Fortismere School at 16, he began working as a roofer with his father and "lived for" his 19-year-old girlfriend, Hayley Wood.
To pay tribute to Lee, his parents, brothers and girlfriend have all had his name tattooed on their arms.
Since his death, heart-warming messages have come flooding in and the family are especially keen to thank a mystery school friend named Olivia, who dropped off a box of food.
Lee was an Arsenal fan and played for Palace Junior FC, regularly winning trophies and medals.
Mrs Wimbleton added: "He was a cheeky child – I took him to get a passport photograph done when he was eight, and he wouldn’t stop pulling funny faces.
"That was him all over. He was always so full of life. The house won’t ever be the same without him anymore – I’ll miss him terribly."
Lee’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at Islington and St Pancras, High Road, East Finchley at 2pm.
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