Friends and family pay tribute to 21-year-old Tyler who died of cancer

PUBLISHED: 16:30 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 31 August 2016

Tyler Hargrave, 21, from St Albans, died last week

Tyler Hargrave, 21, from St Albans, died last week


The parents of a 21-year-old who died on Tuesday (23) have paid tribute to their ‘brave’ son.

Tyler Hargrave, who grew up in St Albans and attended Sandringham School, was diagnosed with cancer aged 13.

His mother Hayley Hargrave and father Steve Hargrave described how he ‘fought’ the cancer and went on to go to college and work full-time at Ford in St Albans.

But in 2014 Tyler was re-diagnosed. Hayley said: “He bravely went through numerous treatments and procedures spending lots of time up at UCLH (University College London Hospital).

“He was the strongest, bravest person we have ever known and we shall miss him very much. Sleep tight our darling angel until we meet again.”

Tyler also leaves behind an older brother Brandon and a younger brother Alex.

Brandon posted on Facebook about his loss. He said: “I could not have asked for a better brother and I wish we just had more time together to continue our adventures.

“I will do all the things we had planned and make sure I make you proud of me.”

Friends of Tyler also took to Facebook to pay condolences. Ally Fryer, who worked at Ford with Tyler, said: “It was an honour to know such a kind and warm person. Taken far too soon after a long battle but I hope you can now rest in peace.”

Another colleague, Tommy Hunt, said: “Shine bright up there Tyler Hargrave. A pleasure to have known you the past few years. Will be dearly missed by so many. Far too young but a fighter! Mentoring you was my pleasure and something that I will remember for many years.”

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