Mum’s tribute to ‘everything you could ask for in a son’ Owen Newton, 17, six months on from tragic death

A Scunthorpe mum has paid tribute to her “kind, caring and sensitive” son who would “do anything for anybody” as his 18th birthday approaches.

Owen Newton, 17, of Westcliff, was taken to hospital along with three other passengers after his car collided with a tree on Brumby Common Lane in March. Sadly, after spending ten days in a coma, Owen passed away.

Six months on, as the family organise a memorial football match – both to celebrate Owen’s milestone birthday and raise crucial funds for the Intensive Care Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary – mum Kelly Newton has shared a poignant tribute for her beloved son as she comes to terms with her loss.

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Kelly told Scunthorpe Live: “He wasn’t your normal 17-year-old. He was so kind to everybody and really cheeky and funny. He had the most infectious laugh when he got giggling. He was just so caring and really sensitive, he had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody.

“It’s been evident since his passing how respectful he was, even through teachers at school and people he worked with at HETA in his engineering apprenticeship. It’s nice to know that he was loved and respected by everybody like he was at home. He had three best friends who he was always with, they were like family to us and still are now.

Owen (second left) was hugely popular among his peers
Owen (second left) was hugely popular among his peers

“He was a massive Scunthorpe United fan, he used to go with his friends to home and away games whenever he could – everything revolved around that. He played football for Bottesford and he really enjoyed that.

“But he was just really focused on doing well for himself, he did really well in his GCSEs and worked really hard, through Covid it wasn’t easy for him, but he worked so hard to get where he wanted to be. His only focus was to drive and when he turned 17, he bought his car, that was all he ever wanted to do from being young.”

Kelly said the pair shared a “strong and special bond” and had a “perfect relationship”.

Owen with his mum, sister and stepdad
Owen with his mum, sister and stepdad

“I was only 18 when I had him, I got pregnant with him at 17, so we sort of grew up together and we always had such a strong, special bond,” she said.

“It was always me and him, I used to say to him he was my day one. He was always so fiercely protective over me, the relationship was just perfect, he was perfect, he was everything that anyone would ever ask for for a son and he never let me down.”

On Friday, September 15 at 7.30pm, a football match will be held in memory of Owen at Barrett Steel Stadium, the home of Bottesford Town FC. The event will be free to enter, but attendees are encouraged to enter the raffle – to which £4,000 worth of prizes have been given – and donate in the donation buckets. Food and refreshments will also be available to purchase.

Owen worked as an apprentice for HETA
Owen worked as an apprentice for HETA

The game against Robert Holme Hall FC will be paused at the 17th minute for an applause in memory of Owen, the same as what took place at the first Scunthorpe United FC home game after Owen’s death. The family also plan to hold a balloon release before the game starts.

Kelly continued: “As a family, we’re trying to celebrate his life like he would want us to. In my head I just want to cry but he wouldn’t want that, he’d be absolutely over the moon about this memorial game, so I just want to celebrate his life.

“I’ve got a daughter who is just coming up to 16 so I’ve had to be strong for her, she’s the one who’s pulled me through it. We’re just making the best out of an awful situation.”

The flyer for the event
The flyer for the event

Owen’s stepdad Paul Reilly said his aim is for the memorial match to happen on an annual basis between the same two teams, with the winner taking home the Owen Marc Newton Memorial Shield.

He said: “It’s going to be a yearly thing. I bought a football trophy shield and named it the Owen Marc Newton Memorial Shield, It’s got ten little plaques on it, and each year we’re going to try and have the same two teams play each other.”

You can pay your respects to Owen, who would have turned 18 on Thursday, September 21, by attending the memorial event at 7.30pm on Friday, September 15 at Barrett Steel Stadium.

Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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