George 'was just a lovely person'
December 07, 2011
School friends and work colleagues have paid tribute to a popular Twyford teenager who died after being found with serious head injuries.
The 17-year-old, named locally as George Dunning, was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being found by a member of the public outside a property in Saunders Close in Twyford on Monday, November 28.
The teenager, who was in Year 13 at The Piggott School in Twyford Road, Wargrave, died in hospital on Tuesday, November 29.
School pals from The Piggott School have paid tribute to the 17-year-old with one saying he was “one of the nicest people I’ve ever known”.
A friend of George said: “George was in my tutor group at sixth form and was nothing short of an amazing person.
“He had a smile on his face every day and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“He will be truly missed and there will always be a gap in our sixth form where he used to be.
“This has been an unexpected shock to us all and a very sad loss.
“My thoughts go out to his family and those closest to him.”
Another Piggott School pupil said: “I just want to say that he was one of the nicest people I've ever known.
“He was so genuinely interested and naturally funny that you couldn’t help but like him.
“At school he was the class clown and always made us laugh.
“He aways had friends around him and was just a lovely person.”
Friends also gathered in a park off Broad Hinton in Twyford last week where they made a memorial of flowers and lit candles in George’s memory.
In a statement on The Piggott School website headteacher Hilary Winter said it was with “great sadness” that the school had learnt of the pupil’s death.
She said: “It is with great sadness that we learned that one of our Year 13 students, George Dunning, has died as a result of a sudden illness on Tuesday, November 29.
“Our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the family and friends who have been deeply affected by George’s death.”
She added: “There is no doubt that we have sadly lost a great character and personality.”
Colleagues at Waitrose in London Road, Twyford, also paid tribute to George, who worked at the store.
Branch manager Duncan Edwards said: “George was a popular member of the team here and will be greatly missed.
“All our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into how the teenager came to be injured but it is not thought there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
The case has been passed to the Berkshire coroner, however the teenager has not yet been formally identified.