Tributes flood in after death of Jake Snowling, 16, following brave cancer fight

Jake Snowling, front, with his dad Mark, mum Donna, brother Tom and Ben and sister Sophie. Also pictured is family dog  Bella ANL-140313-144912001
Jake Snowling, front, with his dad Mark, mum Donna, brother Tom and Ben and sister Sophie. Also pictured is family dog Bella ANL-140313-144912001

Tributes have poured in this week for Jake Snowling, the 16-year-old who died on Tuesday following a long battle with cancer.

Jake, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November 2011, has been described as a hero and inspiration to both friends and family alike.

A family statement about the Redgrave teen said: “He never complained and he fought his illness with extreme courage and bravery.”

Twitter and Facebook has been awash this week with tributes and best wishes for his mum Donna, dad Mark, sister Sophie, and brothers Tom and Ben.

Sophie said in a tribute: “In his youth he was the kindest, best older brother I could 
have wished for and I will hold his memory forever in my heart.”

Brother Ben, in a written tribute, said: “From the day you were born until the end of time I will always love you.

“Even writing these words brings tears to my eyes with the realisation that I’ll never get to laugh with you again, never take you out for your first beer and never get to spend time with the greatest little brother in the world.”

Jake went to Hartismere School in Eye and he enjoyed playing football and was a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town.

He also played and loved cricket and enjoyed photography and fishing too.

His family has also paid tribute to all the support they have been given over the last two years.

Redgrave rock band Walkway performed a special concert for Jake in 2012 and knew him well.

Founder member Chris Ready said: “I feel so privileged to have known him and am honoured to have played numerous fundraisers for him and also at his party.

“I can easily say that he is the bravest boy I have ever met, and despite his illness, had one of the best senses of humour.”

During Jake’s illness the family was also supported by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, with sister Sophie picked to toss the coin at the Wimbledon Ladies’ tennis final last summer.

Again, in 2013, a party was held for Jake with friends from Hartismere School attending and it included a performance from Walkway.

His aunt, Teresa Snowling, who helped organise the event, also paid tribute. She said: “Jake was the bravest boy I have ever met who fought with courage and never ever complained.

“An amazing young man who will be cherished in my heart forever.”

His brother Tom added: “I truly am proud to be Jake’s brother, such a strong lad who I’ve learnt a lot from.

“You will always be remembered for your kind personality. We are so proud of you Jake and we love you.”

His best friend Luke White said: “Rest in peace mate, can’t believe you’re gone.

“We had some great times together, you are such a brave lad, true inspiration to us all. Hope you’re alright up there mate.”

Cousin Connor said: “Jake, you were the bravest person I have ever met and I am so proud to have had you as a cousin.

“You were a little soldier, you never complained about anything and just got on with it.”

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