Family’s tribute to Ben Roberts who was ‘the perfect friend, perfect brother and perfect son’

Ben Roberts, who was tragically killed in Weston Turville when he was hit by a car
Ben Roberts, who was tragically killed in Weston Turville when he was hit by a car

The family of 16-year-old Ben Roberts, who tragically died in a car accident in Weston Turville, have paid tribute to their ‘perfect friend, perfect brother and perfect son’.

Ben, a keen skateboarder and music lover, who had recently left John Colet School in Wendover, was struck by a car close to Aylesbury Rugby Club on Saturday night.

Floral tributes at the scene of the accident in Weston Turville

Floral tributes at the scene of the accident in Weston Turville

Today his family paid tribute to their son, who had just started a public services course at Aylesbury College.

A statement released via Thames Valley Police, read: “Ben was the perfect friend, perfect brother and the perfect son.

“Full of love, energy, happiness and life he loved nothing more than to be with his friends at the skate park, from morning to night.

“He loved being with his family; cooking, eating and watching bad films. No words can describe our loss; the void that has been left will never be filled.

“But his family and friends will never ever forget him – his smiles, sense of fun and infectious personality will remain cherished by all. Rest in peace Ben, we love you so so very much.”

His brother James Roberts, a first team player at Oxford United who is currently on loan to Chester, will be excused from matches as he comes to terms with his grief.

A spokesman for Oxford United, said: “The thoughts of everyone at Oxford United are with James Roberts and his family after the tragic death of his brother Ben at the weekend.

“The club offers it sincerest condolences to the Roberts family and will hold a minute’s silence before the game at home to Wimbledon on Saturday.

“Both Oxford United and Chester, where he is currently on loan, will allow James as much time as he feels he needs before he returns to playing football.

“The two clubs would also ask all supporters and media to respect the Roberts family’s right to privacy at this very difficult time.”

A spokesman for John Colet School, said: “It was with great sadness that we heard of the tragic incident on Saturday night which took the life of former John Colet student Ben Roberts.

“Ben left the John Colet last summer after studying at the school for five years. Ben was well-liked and respected by both students and staff.

“His love of music, film and skateboarding was known by everyone.

“A special assembly has been held at the school and staff are on hand to offer support for those who have been affected by this.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Ben’s friends and family.”