TALENTED Josh Swift, 17, from Broxton, had just secured his first professional acting role in a pantomime when he was killed while crossing the A41 near his home last Friday.
He had spent two years at Bishop Heber High School in Malpas before moving to Chester’s Hammond School to pursue a performing arts-orientated education to extend his dancing and theatre skills.
He was a talented guitarist and played with local group Sugar Free, was a tournament golfer and had just secured a role in Jack and the Beanstalk being performed at Carlisle later this year.
A statement from his family said: “Tributes from everyone that knew Josh speak volumes. He was an amazing guy who led a fulfilled life for one so young and was greatly loved. He touched people’s lives in a positive way and this is what we want to live on.”
Joshua’s funeral will be private and for family and close friends. His family are planning a tribute at a date, time and place to be finalised that will include music and dance. This will be the focus for tributes and the causes that mattered to Joshua.
Josh’s brother Rory and sister Lauren, now both graduated from university, were also pupils of Heber High School.
Maggie Evans, headteacher of the Hammond School, said: “Josh was known and loved by everyone at the Hammond School.
“He lived life to the full and would perform at any opportunity. He was a talented dancer, singer and musician and contributed so much to the life of the school.
“This talented and wonderful young man was certainly one of the ‘good guys’ and will be hugely missed by the whole community.”
Bishop Heber headteacher David Curry said: “Friends of Josh’s describe him as a happy-go-lucky, laid-back lad who lived for his family and friends.
“Like Lucinda, he certainly gave as much back to this life as he took out.”
Josh’s sister Phyllida also attends Heber, and with the permission of her parents, bravely spoke to fellow pupils and sixth formers about what had happened to her brother and helped them come to terms with his death.