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Tributes paid to Oliver; a 'passionate adventurer'

Oliver Ross on holiday in Ibiza a month before he died
Oliver Ross on holiday in Ibiza a month before he died

The family of a popular Stamford man has paid an emotional tribute to a “honest and genuine” son and brother.

Oliver Ross, 33, died after a motorbike accident in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday, June 23. He was travelling home to Stamford after spending the day riding around Wales on his motorbike when the accident, which also involved a car, happened.

An extremely popular young man, Oliver was also close to his family.

In a statement his parents Diane and John and his brother and sister Simon and Nicola said Oliver, affectionately known as Oli, had a “brilliant sense of humour with an infectious smile”.

They said he had a “passion for adventure and travel” and was a keen motorsports enthusiast and snowboarder.

“He loved nothing more than a good pint and a laugh with his friends in his local pub - especially on a sunny day,” his family said.

Oliver started school at Brooke Priory in Oakham, before moving to Ketton Primary School, when the family relocated.

He then attended Casterton Community College and Stamford School.

His family remembered him being "mischievous" in his school days and joked his school teachers would never forget him for that reason.

After leaving school, Oliver studied graphic design at Stamford College. Whilst at college, he also worked part time for various builders, his father’s removals business and the White Hart in Ufford, in order to save money to indulge in his passion for travel.

His first big adventure was in 2004 - just after his 19th birthday. On this trip, he explored Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa.

His family said they lived in fear for the whole trip as Oliver was renowned as an “adrenaline junkie”, with his adventures including cliff jumping, bungee jumping, skydiving.

His passion for travel continued throughout his life and he tried to fit in as many trips as possible, visiting Ibiza with his girlfriend Leanne Cobley just a month before he died.

For many years Oliver was employed full time at his father’s local removal company, Olivers Removals and Storage.

He became a partner in the business four years ago. Since then, the father and son duo have taken the business from strength to strength and doubled it in size.

Oliver’s work colleagues described him as “the most hardworking, honest and genuine man they have had the privilege to work with” and made going to work “more enjoyable”.

His family said Oliver took “pride in everything he turned his hand to”.

They added: “He was very caring, generous, loving and lived life to the full.”

Since Oliver’s death, his family have been overwhelmed by messages of support from everyone who knew Oli and have taken comfort from hearing stories about their son and brother.

The family added: “His passing is such a tragic loss and he will be sorely missed by so many people - not just from Stamford but from the friends he made on his world travels.”

Oliver’s funeral will be held at St George’s Church in Stamford at 1pm on Friday, July 13 - a date the family thought would appeal to Oliver’s sense of humour! Anyone who knows Oliver or his family are welcome to join in celebrating his life of such a wonderful young man.

Family flowers only - donations in Oliver’s name to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

For any further enquiries regarding the funeral, contact Andrew Woodhouse Funeral Directors on 01780 751719.

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