TRISTAN Cook will always be remembered as “a joker with a generous heart,” say his family.
His father Haydn says his son was proud to have just reached six feet tall.
He said: “I will never forget his big feet and hairy legs sticking out from under his dressing gown, because he often got up late.
“He had started in the lower sixth and was just beginning to realise he was going to have to do a bit of work.
“He had an ambition to start a nightclub called ICE, and he and his friends started a Young Enterprise group called ICE Entertainments and held their first business meeting in our house annexe.
“I took over cans of coke for them and I left the empty cans over there for months, because they reminded me of Tristan.”
Tristan was best man aged 11 when Haydn and his step-mother Dorothy married in 2001.
Dorothy said: “He had a really good voice but used to mess about. He was a joker, it was him who started calling me Dorf when he was a little boy, and it stuck and then turned into the Dorfmeister.”
Tristan’s friends acted as coffin bearers at his funeral and his mother Meriel Pritchard says they were an important part of his life.
“The previous summer he went to Newquay with a big group of friends, and was due to be booking a holiday to Ibiza the Monday after he died.
“He had a big smile on his face when he told me his friends had agreed to wait until he was 17 so he could go with them to Ibiza – he was really touched by that.”
Meriel added: “He was a live wire, he loved sport and music. He lived for the moment and that, ironically, is probably linked to the way he died, because he would have view it as being a fun night out with his friends.
“He wouldn’t for a moment have understood the potential consequences of that.”
Meriel said the Leeds United supporter was proud of his roots in North Yorkshire before moving to Chester when he was nine.
He was interested in fashion and designer clothes and was due to work his second shift at Next the morning after he died.
Meriel added: “The only good thing that has come out of this experience has been the extraordinary support and love that our friends and colleagues are offered. We want to say how grateful we are to all of them.”
Next week – Tristan’s sisters talk about the loss of their brother.