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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Tribute staged to Barrow chef who achieved so much

A DEVASTATED mother has spoken out for the first time about the unexpected death of her son –and how celebrating his 24th birthday is helping her work through her grief.

Jamie Brown, a keen skateboarder, passed away on March 17 from a brain aneurysm. His birthday would have been this Sunday.

Tonight his family and friends are coming together to celebrate his life with a party and fundraising event at The Nines in Barrow.

The chef, who was born and raised in Barrow had moved to Cartmel in February after accepting a job offer at The Pig and Whistle.

When Mr Brown had finished work on Monday, March 17 he went to bed complaining of a headache.

A short while later his room mate found him seizing and called an ambulance.

When his mother, Sharon Duff got to hospital she was given the devastating news of Mr Brown’s condition.

Mrs Duff, of Brow Avenue, said: “They found out that he had an aneurysm on his brain stem and that there was nothing they could do.

“He was an amazing young man and I’m proud to have been his mum for as long as I was.”

Mr Brown’s mother remembers him as someone who enjoyed a laugh and someone who grew from a cautious little boy to a fearless young man.

She said: “When he was younger he really wanted to go to Camelot so I saved up to take him.

“When we got there he was too scared to go on any of the rides.

“As he got older his passion for skateboarding grew and he loved it. He would hurt himself and just brush it off.

“There were so many times when he would bust something and would refuse go to hospital because he wanted to go skating.

“He loved life and he packed so much in.

“Music and his skateboard were his life and if he didn’t have those things then he wouldn’t have been who he was.”

Mr Brown was a much-loved friend and at his wake his ex-girlfriend, Jade Connolly and a few of his friends decided that they couldn’t let Miss Duff face his 24th birthday alone.

Miss Connolly said: “Even though me and Jamie had broken up a while before his death we still remained very close, we were always part of each other’s lives and when I got told the news I just couldn’t believe it.

“Jamie was convinced he was a rock star with no actual ability of being one. He was hilarious and such a lovely person.”

“We knew how difficult this day would be for Sharon and we wanted to support her.”

The celebration of Jamie’s 24th birthday will take place at The Nines in Barrow tonight at 7pm.

There will be a strong line-up of local musicians performing, including The Coulton Brothers, Collie Stewart, Jordan Gaffney, Robbie Jay Coplen, Jamie Bosanko, Megan Doherty and Becki Fishwick.

There will also be a raffle and auction. Tickets are £3 and are available on the door. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Cancer Research and Huntington’s Disease.

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