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Family's emotional tribute to Whiston schoolboy James Greenop who died in bus tragedy
9:11am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
THE devastated family of a 10-year-old Whiston schoolboy who died after being in collision with a bus have paid tribute to "the best son and little brother anyone could have".
James Greenop died following a collision involving a bus in Speke, Liverpool on Tuesday.
He was head boy at Whiston Willis Primary School, a talented footballer and a devoted Everton FC supporter.
His family say he was "adorable" with a "big heart and the best smile ever".
James' mum, Helen, and dad, Russell, said: "James was our much adored and loved son, and brother to Jess and Millie.
"He came from a large and loving extended family and a close circle of friends who will all miss him deeply.
"He lived life to the full, filling every minute with fun and laughter. He will best be remembered for being a 'serial hugger'- everyone loved James' hugs and he was always happy to give them.
"He was adorable, handsome, loving, bubbly, a joy to be with, kind, always thinking of others and putting them first, funny and clever.
"He had a big heart and the best smile ever. He was a great actor and singer and was always laughing.
"His hobbies included football, swimming, fishing, trampolining, cycling, golf, and of course his X-box.
"He also loved to collect special stones from museums and the countryside and was awarded the bronze 'Mayor of Knowsley' award which involved outdoor pursuits along with other things .
"He played football for his school, Whiston Willis, who qualified for the final of 'Everton Football Club Year 6 Football Festival' and his team are due to play the final at Finch Farm.
"He was a devoted EFC fan and had a tour with 'Everton in the Community' of the stadium before the Everton-Hull match, where he met a number of players who signed his kit, and then, every boy's dream, he had a kick around on the pitch at half time.
"He told us it had been 'the best day of my life'! His favourite player was Leighton Baines as James also played left back.
"At Whiston Willis he was selected to be head boy and was very well thought of by teachers and pupils. He loved school and loved learning and was a very bright boy.
"He graduated from the Children's University National Award at Bronze level.
"He also loved to be in school productions, and loved to sing. "James was devoted to his two Shar Pei dogs 'Dixie' and her puppy 'Remi' and loved helping rear the four puppies that Dixie had in July.
We called him 'the puppy magnet' because whenever he sat on the floor they always migrated towards him and either go to sleep or use him as a climbing frame!
"He recently went to Blackpool and, although he was not keen on the big rides, he went on them all for the sake of his sister, Millie.
"He would give over his bedroom to his four cousins and their parents when they came for sleepovers and would sleep on the floor in our bedroom instead.
"We have been truly blessed to have had him for the short time we did. He was the best son and little brother anyone could have.
"We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages which have offered us some comfort.
"We would like to thank Everton Football Club for sending flowers, a signed letter of condolence from their manager, and a kit for James to wear for his final journey.
"They have been really supportive.
"We have set up a Just Giving page for a cause special to our family's heart for anyone who would like to offer a donation instead of flowers."
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