William Cooke: Statement from the family

“Born at Royal Oldham Hospital on June 2, 2000 to Michelle and Chris, William John Cooke was named after both his grandads.

“He was the best big brother James, Callum and Alicia could ask for and was adored by his grandparents, aunties, uncles and many cousins.

“William went to Rushcroft Primary School until Year 4 and then moved to Crompton Primary School.

“He attended Royton & Crompton Secondary School where he gained his GCSEs and made many friends.

“He then attended Hopwood Hall College at the Middleton Campus where he excelled himself and was awarded a Further Education award in 2017 for Mechanical Engineering Progress.

“He worked at McDonalds before gaining an apprenticeship at Makin Metal Powders in Rochdale.

“He loved his jobs and his colleagues. After turning 18 he loved to go out at the weekend with his many friends who cared for him deeply.

“His main hobbies were gaming and collecting watches. In July last year, he went to Cancun, Mexico with his partner Jordan.

“He loved the whole holiday but a highlight for them was swimming with the dolphins.

“Life will never be the same. He has been taken far too soon.

“Our baby boy was loved by so many and never failed to brighten a room with his smile and charm.
“No words will ever express how we feel, heartbroken and empty.

“Spread your wings son and light the sky with your smile, forever in our hearts and never to be forgotten. Good night, sleep tight our Son xxx.”

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