Mum’s heartache after son dies on fishing trip

Diggory John Atkins sadly died on a night fishing trip
Diggory John Atkins sadly died on a night fishing trip

THE family of a Thame man who tragically drowned while fishing earlier this month have paid tribute to their ‘loving’ son.

Twenty-two-year-old Diggory John Atkins had been out on a regular night fish at Broughton Lakes in Aylesbury last month when he was found dead by his friend in the morning.

It is not yet known how he came to drown but there is expected to be an inquest into his death later this year. Mum Catherine is now leading the tributes to her son, who was a former pupil at Lord Williams’s School.

She said: “Diggory John was and always will be loved by his family and friends – he will be in our hearts forever.”

Diggory John was a well known member of the Thame community and will be most remembered for his happy outlook on life.

Catherine said: “He always had a smile on his face – we are looking back at photos and he always looked so happy.

“He had quite a witty sense of humour and was always making little observations about the things around him.”

The Thame community have been sharing their memories with the family by sending in a large number of condolence cards.

One in particular grabbed the mind of Catherine, who said: “A comment that came through described him as being ‘a comedian that paralleled no other’.”

Diggory John was an active member of the community throughout his life and will be remembered by numerous clubs across the town.

He used to play for Chinnor Rugby Club as a teenager, before switching sports to play football for Thame Town.

During the summer months, Diggory spent his time playing cricket, representing both Chearsley and Brill.

He also attended Haddenham Infant and Junior School and was in the middle of studying Horticulture at the Abingdon and Witney College.

His love for plants came after volunteering at the Vana Trust Organic Therapeutic Farm, Ludgershall.

Diggory John’s funeral will be held at the Oxford Crematorium next Friday (April 8) at 3pm and all his friends are invited.

Instead of flowers his family are asking for donations to the Vana Trust Cooperative Funeral Care.