Formby is one of those places we go back to regularly to walk along the sands and feel the sea breeze, search for red squirrels in the pine woods and explore the sheltered corners of the unstable sand dunes. On our last visit I found this moving memorial bench to Leon James Quarless. A story that ends with a young man dying immediately after his 26th birthday is never going to be a happy one but I was struck by the love and the joy in the words on the plaque on this memorial bench. Describing the young man as ‘happy’ and ‘funny, loving and caring’, the message told me the many ways Leon James Quarless touched the world, as a ‘son brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, partner & best friend’.
The bench has an open view towards the Formby dunes in a peaceful and sunny spot. Leon James Quarless died tragically on the nearby railway tracks between Freshfield and Formby stations. A young man who had been a successful footballer, playing for various teams including Walsall FC’s youth team. Many floral tributes were left for Leon James Quarless over the railway line, showing how much he was loved and will be missed and how many lives he had touched in his 26 years.
Leon James Quarless 1.9.88. – 2.9.14 TE A Happy, Funny, Loving & Caring Son Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Cousin, Partner & Best Friend On His Journey, Loved & Missed More Than Words Can Say. Our Hero Our Boy Forever Young