'Everybody loved him' - family pay tribute to Lewis Fouracres
THE family of a 21-year-old who died at the beginning of September have thanked the community for their support and paid tribute to their son.
Lewis Fouracres, from Street, lost his life in a collision on Street by-pass.
He had grown up in the village, attending Brookside Primary School and Crispin School, before going on to study at Bridgwater College.
"I just can't say enough nice things about him," his father, Barry, said. "Everyone loved him."
His family spoke warmly of a young man with his whole life ahead of him, close to his parents, and his older brother and sister.
He was devoted to his son Mycah, and to his partner and her two children.
"They played Don't worry, be happy at his service," Mr Fouracres said. "That was his attitude to life."
His mother, Paula, spoke about his infectious laugh, and the way he was so tall that he had to duck to get through the doorways at the family home.
"I hope he knew how well-loved he was," she said.
"There were over 350 people at his service. Even the man from the Kebab Shop came along, because Lewis would wave to them every time he walked past the shop."
Mrs Fouracres said: "He was the life and soul of the party – he liked a laugh.
"He had time for everyone who needed him – he would always be there for his friends. It didn't seem like a big deal to him, but there were so many people who appreciated it."
After Lewis' death, floral tributes were left at the side of the road, and one of his friends left a bottle of beer for his friend.
"I thought that wouldn't be there for very long, but when we went to collect up all the flowers, that bottle of beer was still there, unopened," she said.
Lewis had a keen interest in country sports including shooting and fishing, and would walk for miles.
He particularly loved Coombe Woods, near the Hood Monument, and his friends and family hope to set up a wooden seat as a permanent memorial to him.
"It was his friends who came up with the idea," Mr Fouracres said. "His friends have been marvellous.
"They even had a whip-around to help to towards the costs for the service and the cremation, they raised £388 for the air ambulance, £522 for his memorial bench."
"Even today, another cheque came in," Mrs Fouracres said.
"It's slowly creeping up towards the £1,000 mark.
"And so many of his friends came to see us afterwards – it was all a bit raw, and we were in a terrible state, but they all wanted to come here and see if they could do anything to help.
"We had a lovely letter from the head teacher at Crispin School, and we had over 150 sympathy cards.
"It was obvious that he'd meant a lot to an awful lot of people."
Their last memories of Lewis are precious – he had spent the day before his death fishing with his father, before heading out for a night out with his partner, Chantelle.
"That’s the last memory I have of him," Mr Fouracres said.
"Heading out of the door with a big smile on his face, laughing hysterically about the time he’d spent walking in the woods with his son.
"That's how I want to remember him.
"It is so hard him not being here, it hurts so much.
"When his friends asked if there was something they could do to help, I told them to please be careful.
"No-one else should have to go through this."