Extract from the memorial and Thanksgiving
service for the life of Lee Burrow at All saints’ Church,
Ascot Heath, on Friday 24th September 2004
Lee Sutherland Burrows
Born on 6th May 1989 at Heatherwood Hospital Ascot. Brother
to Craig (11) and Blake (8). Lee attended ABC Playgroup,
Ascot Heath Infant School, Ascot Heath Junior School and
finally Charters School.
Lee’s main passion was football and is wearing his
new England shirt, generously given to him by his close friends
when they heard of his accident. Lee supported Tottenham
Hotspurs from an early age, which he shared with his elder
cousin Edward and they attended many matches together.
Lee played football representing the Junior school in year
6. He also played for Ascot United for three seasons before
giving up last year (2003-2004) but not wanting to leave
the sport he loved, decided to do the referee’s course.
Along with his friend James Howland, he completed the course
and started refereeing tournaments at the end of last season
and already had most Saturdays and Sundays booked for September.
During his active playing time at Ascot United, Lee counted
himself very lucky to be able to receive the end of season
trophies from two Spurs players – Glenn Hoddle and
Gus Poyet – he received Players Player award for 1999/2000
season and Fair Play award for 2002-2003. It is perhaps a
mark of how respected Lee was at the club that they are creating
a memorial fund and trophy in his memory.
In 2001 Lee was introduced to Palmer Park Velo cycling club.
Supported by our very good friend Gary Clark, Lee was soon
taken with the sport and enjoyed all the roundness of the
sport – skills, racing, individual and team events.
He was a regular member of the club until this year when
refereeing became his priority. It wasn’t just Saturday
mornings, he enjoyed a Sunday morning with his friends and
took part in the Parish Cycle Ride each year and the Three
Counties charity ride. It was therefore incomprehensible
that he should suffer such an injury as a result of his being
on his bike.
Lee enjoyed theme parks and was a regular visitor to Thorpe
Park with his friends and this year saw his return to Florida
for a second family holiday of a lifetime – the scarier
the ride the better. Cornwall was a second home to Lee and
he loved the sea, the waves and the body boarding.
Lee was quiet, shy, unassuming, tolerant and sensitive and
was just starting to develop a real sense of self-confidence
and typical teenager sense of humour. He had discussed plans
for ‘A’ levels, university, next year’s
prom, even a holiday with his friends in Jersey next year!
Lee was fortunate to be part of a big extended family and
loved family get togethers. As a big brother he was sometimes
challenging but always just and caring; a guide and a mentor.
His parents were thankful for the good friends he surrounded
himself with and the active social life he enjoyed with them.