This site is dedicated to the memory of Tom Smith.
Tom was born on May 01, 1998. He is the much loved son of Kate and Grahame, beloved brother of Emma and best friend and twin to Matthew.
A week before Tom and Matt's 16th birthday, in 2014, Tom was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare and aggressive type of cancer (DSRCT - a soft tissue Sarcoma).
Despite months of intensive chemotherapy and three major operations, Tom's cancer returned very aggressively in the summer of 2015 and tragically, despite everyone's best efforts, Tom passed away at 10pm on Christmas Eve 2015, aged just 17. Tom died at home surrounded by the love of his family.
We are all utterly devastated by Tom's passing. He was our beautiful boy - funny, sporty, popular, kind, loyal and courageous - and we will miss him more than words can possibly say. We have been comforted by the incredible outpouring of love for Tom and the knowledge that he was special to so many other people too. We could not be more proud of our truly special boy.
Due to the extremely rare nature of Tom's condition, it does not receive as much funding or research as other, more common cancers. Sarcoma UK is a charity that provides support, information and research into these rare types of sarcoma. We hope that by supporting this charity, it will help to hasten the day that children and young people like Tom, can be saved from this particular type of devastating disease.
Tom's unfailing strength and courage throughout the 20 months of his illness, have been an inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Rest in Peace Tom x.
Funeral Service will take place at St Laurence Church on Monday 11th January at 1.30pm, and afterwards at Blackmore Sports and Social Club. People are advised to arrive at the church early, between 12.45pm - 1pm. Parking near the church is limited, so we would advise you to park (free) at the Sports and Social Club and walk five minutes down to the church. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available in the club for anyone who arrives early.
As there will be family flowers only, if you would like to make a donation in memory of Tom, you can do so online here or, if you would prefer to send a cheque, please make your cheque payable to the charity (with Tom's full name on the reverse) and send to; Bennetts Funeral Directors, 2 High Street, Billericay. CM12 9BQ
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