Sadness and shock over death of ‘star’ schoolboy

Belfast High School student Clarence Campbell, who died last week following a road accident in Carrick. INNT 25-620CON

Belfast High School student Clarence Campbell, who died last week following a road accident in Carrick. INNT 25-620CON

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THE father of the Belfast High schoolboy who died following a road accident last week has said his son was “an absolute star”.

Clarence Campbell died two days after being hit by a car on the Marine Highway in Carrick on the morning of Monday June 11, as he made his way to school.

The 14-year-old’s funeral was held at Carrick Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 19, followed by cremation at Roselawn Cemetery in Belfast.

The teenager’s heartbroken father Peter said: “Clarence was an average boy - but he was an outstanding individual.

“He had just joined the Baptist Church in the past six or seven weeks and he really did throw himself into it. He really did enjoy going to the church and it became such a big part of his life very quickly.

“When we were driving home from the hospital myself, my wife and my brother were talking about what kind of future he would have had and he would have went into the ministry - he really had bought into it. Clarence was an absolute star, at home in school and at the church - he was an outstanding individual.”

Mr Campbell thanked the staff at Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital and the police for their support through this tragic time for the family.

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