TRIBUTES have poured in for a popular Melksham man, Leigh Gaskin, who has sadly died aged just 27 from cancer.
Friends and family have taken to Facebook to share their fond memories and tributes to the former Aloeric and George Ward School pupil.
One of his friends Paul Walker left a post on Leigh’s Facebook page that says, “Absolutely devastated that one of my oldest and dearest friends has passed away, you are an inspiration to everyone that knew you, no matter what was thrown at you in the past few years you battled everything with a smile. I will miss you and cherish the memories you have given me.”
“Leigh was the son of Lynn and Kevin Gaskin, brother to Jamie, Beccy and Daniel together with Duncan, Kara and Jo.” said his family. “He was also uncle to his precious nephews Max, Jack and beautiful Tess as well as a wonderful boyfriend to Fay.”
His sister Bec said, “He will be remembered for his positive outlook, great humour and plain silliness. Memories of his outstanding photobombing, dance moves, competitiveness and determination shine through. Leigh loved and was loved immeasurably, a true inspiration to all that were fortunate to have known him.”
More of his friends also paid tribute to Leigh. Chris Aylward said, “The term ‘legend’ gets over used so often these days. However Leigh Gaskin was a man that deserves that accolade. Always had a smile on his face laughing and joking, winding me up that Spurs were better than Arsenal. Then there was ‘football friends’ and of course Hurricanes playing 5-a-side and your unique ability to photobomb. There are many other memories that have already been said but I was proud to call you a friend and will miss you.”
Another friend Doug Stewart added, “Tonight I go to the Tavern. Tonight I order a song in honour. Tonight I request the FIVE MEGAMIX in honour of Leigh Gaskin.”
Leigh’s brother Daniel also took to Facebook to share his tribute. He said, “My brother and best friend Leigh was the strongest person I knew and he laughed in the face of cancer until the very end. Not once did he lose his dignity and he definitely didn’t lose the battle. I love you Leigh, I always will. You were the best brother I could have asked for. Everyone loved you, you were such a charmer and genuinely amazing person. You’ll always live on inside me, as I am just a younger version of you after all. All my traits, gags and skills were thanks to you. I’m so glad I was able to fly back from Edinburgh before you went, thank you for waiting for me. Shake and Bake.”
Leigh was a keen sportsman and played football for Melksham Park FC and worked at Celtic Manor Golf Club. He also attended Bath Spa University.
His commemoration service will tee off on Thursday 21st August at 11.30am at West Wilts Crematorium, Semington. This will be followed by a celebration of Leigh’s life at another chosen venue. No black attire please and family flowers only. Donations if desired can be made to D.J. Bewley Funeral Directors where, in time a charitable fund will be created in Leigh’s memory.