Parents’ tribute to much loved son, Conor

Conor Turner with his Isle of Man TT Marshal's Shield.

Conor Turner with his Isle of Man TT Marshal's Shield.

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A Letham couple have spoken openly and warmly about their much loved son who was found dead at the family home on Friday.

Conor Turner (17), known as Con, died early on Friday morning only a few days after starting his dream job as an apprentice car mechanic.

The popular teenager, described as “a delightful young man” by his former head teacher at Forfar Academy, had also started driving lessons with his father, Andy.

His mother, Diane, said he would be loved and remembered every day.

She said: “Con was riding the crest of a wave. He had just returned from the Isle of Man TT where he had won an award for the best new marshal and, buoyed by this success, had gone out and found himself a job rather than returning to college.

“We had recently bought him a car to learn to drive and, whilst he was looking forward to learning to drive, he was finding it more of a challenge than he had thought.”

The couple explained Conor had had a rocky start 
in life. He had to be 
resuscitated following his birth and was left with mild brain damage. He was diagnosed with dyslexia and had memory problems.

Diane continued: “Con could also find himself overwhelmed by situations that others could cope with and, although he had risen to many challenges in his life, there was just a little too much going on recently and he made a bad decision.”

She stated he would be remembered with love as a “gentle, happy soul in a hard world.”

She continued: “He just panicked and couldn’t see a way out. He was just growing up and gave it his best shot. He was a genuine soul. Now he’s going to be forever young, happy and smiling. He had everything to look forward to. We all love him and miss him.”

Mr Melvyn Lynch, head teacher at Forfar Academy said: “Conor was a delightful young man who made a significant contribution to everything he was involved in. My heartfelt sympathies are with his family.”

A celebration of Conor’s life is due to be held at Parkgrove Crematorium, Friockheim at 3.30 p.m. on Friday.