Father's tribute to car crash victim Chloe Wilcox
A grieving father has paid tribute to his daughter who “lived life to the full” after her life was cut tragically short in a car crash.
Robert Wilcox said his 22-year-old daughter Chloe was one in a million as he described how hundreds of messages of support had played their part in helping his family deal with the unthinkable grief of losing a beloved daughter and sister.
Chloe had just completed and successfully passed the second year exams needed for her chosen career as an accountant.
The former St Vigor and St John’s Primary School, Chilcompton, and Norton Hill School, Midsomer Norton, pupil lost her life in a crash in Wells.
Last week the family laid Chloe to rest at Holy Trinity Church, Binegar, amid more than 300 mourners who turned out to celebrate her life.
Mr Wilcox said: “Over the past few weeks we have been looking back at what she has done and I find it difficult to believe how much she achieved in the time available to her.
“She was creative, academic and a party girl who lived her life to the full. When she wasn’t working, studying or exercising, she loved to be with her friends or family.
“Chloe always had a smile on her face and was never down. She was a great cook who could turn her hand to anything and made a mean lemon drizzle cake. She was a home bird who loved the countryside and the green, green grass of home.”
Chloe had recently set up home at Wells Road, Chilcompton, with her long-term boyfriend and partner Sam Workman and just hours before her death had booked their first holiday to Italy.
Mr Wilcox, who said he would miss spending Sunday afternoons at Harridge Woods walking with Chloe and their pet Jack Russell the most, said one of the highlights of her young life was getting her dream job at Chalmers HB in Wells.
Chloe had set her heart on the job as an accountant from a young age.
Mr Wilcox said: “She took to the job like a duck to water and within a few weeks she transformed from a school girl to a working girl. It was typical Chloe – she was always so dedicated and her organisation was second to none.”
Mr Wilcox, who lost his sister Carol in a road accident in 1977 when she was just 16, said Chloe had made sure she was registered as an organ donor and since her death the family know that her organs have gone on to save lives.
They also plan to celebrate her life with a dedicated memorial bench at Holy Trinity Church and a rose garden at their Chilcompton home from ten plants given to the family by friends and colleagues.
He added: “We have had great support from family, friends and work colleagues. Some days there were more than 40 cards in the post. We have had 200-plus cards from friends as well as emails, texts and phone calls.
“It has given us some comfort but unfortunately it doesn’t bring her back. I think about the poem of remembrance they read on Armistice Day where they say ‘at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them’ and think how true it is.
“It is easy to keep distracted during the day with work but it is in the mornings and at night that my wife and I find it hard to accept that we won’t see her happy smiling face ever again.”
He said he hoped Chloe could be seen as a role model for anyone wanting to work hard to achieve their dreams.
He added: “Chloe was just a year away from qualifying and should be reaping the rewards of so many years’ worth of intense study and looking forward to marrying Sam who she loved and admired so greatly. But life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.”