THOUSANDS of messages have poured on to a social networking site after the tragic death of a former Fleetwood teenager last week.
Jack Whyte, described as a “larger than life” character, was found hanged in secluded woodland in Cleveleys on Monday evening.
Police discovered the body of 19 year old Jack, who lived on Clarence Avenue, Cleveleys, in the wooded area known as The Towers.
News of his death shocked friends who knew him as a happy-go lucky individual, always ready with a joke and a grin.
And staff at Fleetwood High School, his old school, were so upset many of them were in tears.
Since then the network site Facebook has received thousands of hits – 3,000 by last week alone – from friends and people who knew him, leaving messages of goodwill and even poems.
And dozens of cards, flowers and even Mars Bars have been left at The Towers as a tribute to the popular lad, who often met up with friends at “the hut” close to Thornton YMCA Sports Centre.
Jack’s mother Gillian, speaking through JP Dell’s funeral services, said they had been greatly comforted by the messages and thanked his many friends for their kind thoughts.
The many Facebook messages include one from Chanise Williams, who posted: “You were everyone’s pal. Keep grinning up there.”
And Sophie Fecitt wrote: “I hope you’re looking down flexing that grin of yours, everyone knows you by it. So many people feel empty without you here Jack.”
Emma Bailey posted: “This is heartbreaking even writing this, but I can’t stop thinking about you. Love you millions Jack.”
And Eddy Duffy left the message: RIP Jack lad u was a good guy can’t believe this u was a funny guy n livened the place up. Sleep tight God bless.”
At Fleetwood High School, head teacher Steve Roe said: “It is really shocking, it has affected a lot of people who have very fond memories of him.
“He enjoyed everything he did which makes this so surprising.
“He especially loved drama and appeared in many plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Mr Roe added that there was to be a staff briefing as Jack’s death had had a huge impact on teachers at the school.
There was a similar story at his former primary school, Chaucer, where head teacher Peter Gerrish said staff were utterly devastated.
He described how Jack would always bring back presents for teachers when he went on holiday.
He also said: “He was bright and intelligent, he had great potential which has been wasted in such a tragic way.”
Police said the case had been passed to HM coroners’ office.
Jack’s funeral service will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Rossall Road, Cleveleys on Monday May 16 at 12.30pm, followed by interment at Fleetwood Cemetery at 1.30pm.