Tributes paid to ‘warm and passionate’ man

TRIBUTES: Jake O'Grady had been a student at Preston College
TRIBUTES: Jake O'Grady had been a student at Preston College
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A former Preston student who died while travelling in Vietnam has been described as a “considerate, warm and passionate” man.

Jake O’Grady, who had been a student of Preston’s College, died on New Year’s Day.

Jake, who was 26 and was also a former pupil of Our Lady’s Catholic College in Lancaster, had been backpacking around south east Asia and was due to attend a party at a hostel in Hanoi.

His tutors said: “Jake was a considerate, warm and passionate individual who was always supportive of other learners in the group both in their academic life and personal life.

“He studied with us for two years, progressing from a level 2 diploma with a distinction star and then achieving a distinction in his level 3 course.

“Jake made such a positive impact on his fellow students and his tutors, his ability and determination would have made Jake a top class nurse and he will always be in the memories of those who knew him.

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Jake’s family at this difficult time.”

Our Lady’s headteacher Brendan Conboy said: “The community of Our Lady’s is deeply shocked and saddened by the untimely death of a popular and fondly regarded young man.

“Jake will be remembered for his vibrancy, his caring nature and for his friendly, outgoing manner.”

Mr Conboy added: “His family are in our thoughts and prayers.”

An event, “Let’s all dance for Jake O’Grady”, was set up on Facebook to celebrate his life and to raise money.

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