The mum of a cathedral chorister killed as he was riding his bike in Peterborough has spoken of her devastation on losing her treasured son.
James Trickey (22) died in the crash on Storey’s Bar Road at about 7am on 23 December.
His mother, Sue Trickey, is trying to come to terms with losing one of her four children.
She lives with husband Paul, 18-year-old daughter Jasmine and sons Isaac (13)and Simeon (11) at the family’s home in Cheltenham.
Mrs Trickey said: “No words can express our family grief at this time for our darling son who was just 22, killed in his prime.
“James was such a treasure and no one will ever replace him.”
She said singing, cycling, forecasting the weather and photography were her son’s main passions.
“He was an early composer, producing a CD of classical compositions when he was 13.
She added: “And he was an extremely able weather forecaster, creating web pages and being well renowned for his accurate weather forecasts.
“His choir singing has taken him round the world to places such as China, America, France and all over this country.”
James had told his mother that he planned to come back to Cheltenham, because he missed cycling on Cotswold hills, taking pictures with a camera he always had on him and to be closer to his family.
Mrs Trickey said: “He was a very bright boy, extremely able. In 2010, for example, he did a solo bike ride touring England and Scotland. He covered 1,784 miles and wrote a book about it, called A Teenager, A Bike and A Camera, that had lots of beautiful pictures in it.”
Though that bike ride was just for fun, one in 2012 saw him raise more than £1,000 for the Stroke Association after pedalling for nearly 2,000 miles to Southern Italy.
His funeral will be held in Gloucester Cathedral on 7 January, at 1.30pm and Mrs Trickey asked mourners to wear a touch of white or wear a white flower because she felt James would not have wanted everyone to be dressed all in black.
Among the hundreds of people expected to attend will be James’ boyfriend, Ross Biddle.
Mrs Trickey said there had been an “overwhelming” outpouring of love for her son and added: “It is suffering beyond words when you lose a beautiful child in this way. Do take care on the roads this winter and try to drive safely and watch out for cyclists.”
A spokesman for Peterborough Cathedral paid tribute last week, describing James as a talented chorister.