Holy Family School, Keighley, to hold mass in memory of Sam Hill (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Holy Family School, Keighley, to hold mass in memory of Sam Hill
6:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A Keighley school was today holding a mass in memory of a former pupil who died tragically this month, aged just 22.
Sam Hill, from Riddlesden, died on September 11 while holidaying in the Spanish resort of Magaluf with a friend.
Yesterday, an inquest was opened and adjourned to a date yet to be set. It is believed he died from head injuries following a fall at his hotel, although the inquest will determine the details of his death.
Today, students and staff at Holy Family Catholic School, where he went to school, will attend a mass to remember Mr Hill, described as being an integral part of his year group.
Lawrence Bentley, headteacher at Holy Family, described him as: “A great kid who threw himself into school life and contributed significantly to the great spirit that his cohort had.”
The mass, for students, will be led by school chaplain Father Mike Walsh in Holy Family’s Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
A school spokesman said Holy Family usually held a mass in term time each Wednesday and today’s mass would provide an opportunity for people who remembered Mr Hill from his time at the school, or who know his family, parents Vanessa and Steve, brother Tom and girlfriend Jodie Corbett, to remember the popular young man.
Mr Hill, who worked as a plumber at Mitton’s in Bradford, attended St Anne’s Primary School before moving to Holy Family.
A tribute page on social media site Facebook set up in his memory currently has almost 2,800 followers and dozens of tributes posted by school friends.
One friend, Oliver Thomas, said: “I have never thought of you as anything less than a best mate, you’re a top lad and have left a huge hole in many people’s lives. Rest In Peace bud, gone but not forgotten.”
Another, Jake Yaxley, said: “He was honestly the best person you could imagine. He was so friendly with everyone, and wherever he went he was the life and soul of the party. Nobody had a bad word to say about him.”
* Sam’s funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 1, at St Anne’s Church on North Street, Keighley.