Tom Parker’s mum leads heartbreaking tribute as eulogy recalls ‘grounded, resilient and positive’ star
Tom Parker's mum has led the heartbreaking tributes to her late son on the day of his funeral.
In a eulogy written by his mum, which was read by his bother, Tom was described as "grounded, resident and positive."
Tom Parker's funeral is taking place today, Wednesday 20 April, and in emotional scenes, The Wanted fans created a tree-lined procession through Petts Wood and around Queensway, South East London where the private service was held.
Heartbroken Kelsey led The Wanted star on his final journey at his funeral, after his tragic death after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Tributes to Tom were then paid at the service, including his mother's poignant farewell.
Tom's brother said: "My mum kindly sent over something that captures him better than I ever could. It is actually the foreword to Tom's book that's yet to be released called Hope.
"As parents, we hope that our children reach and achieve all they are capable of – reaching their hopes and dreams and in some respects a tiny but of yours.
"We strive for our two boys with the hope that anything is possible with the right knowledge, self belief and application. All the things that as parents, we had to scramble for as we progressed as a family. Tom was the epitome of that optimism.
"Coming into the world in a hurry – a two hour labour and there he was. He was placed into a plastic crib where he promptly raised himself up by his arms to have a good nosey around the room. The crib was quite deep so that was no mean feat for a newborn.
"It was though he could no wait to get started – no time to hang around. He stayed awake for most of his first day on earth much to the amusement of everyone in the ward."
She continued to say Tom didn't ever want to miss anything going on, adding he stayed the same for the rest of his life in that respect.
The eulogy continued: "Alert and aware of everything around him. A happy baby with lots of energy, always wanting to play and be entertained.
"He walked at 10 months old, in an era where it was frowned upon to let babies walk before a year old as it was surely to cause boundy legs. But there was no stopping him, he was off and that was that – and with no bandy legs.
"His speech was the same, he learnt to speak very quickly and started to sing almost alongside his speaking, humming songs in perfect tune unlike his tone deaf mother. His toneful voice almost definitely passed down from dad, who was a great singer."
Discussing his impressive career as a member of band The Wanted, his mum said Tom would listen to her music tapes growing up.
"He sang his heart out to all of them and knew every word by five years old – much to the annoyance of his brother lewis who preferred a much more sedentary ride to school," she shared.
"The only thing to marr the perfect picture was my input, which even at that tender age – he said 'mum please don't sing.'"
"His first public performance was an angel in the school nativity play – he was such a tiny tot that he had to stand on a high plinth so everyone could see him. In contrast the strength of his voice from such a tiny person made everyone gasp. They couldn't believe how well he sang. I was in tears to hear him sing like the angel he was dressed as but with a slightly gravelly voice."
Tom's mum went on to discuss his many passions growing up, including football and gymnastics.
The eulogy read: "The whole house followed Bolton Wonderers. He loved to go to local matches and played in his local team – dad faithfully taking him every week no matter what the weather. He excelled in everything he was interested in. He had an amazing talent for observation. – harking back to his nosiness.
Tom Parker's life in pictures from fame to beautiful wedding with Kelsey and fatherhood
"As he grew, his natural positivity grew and ensure he treated every person with respect and equality and remained grounded through his rapid rise of suddenly being hurled into the world of pop and celebrity status.
"As parents we had concerns of how he would deal with the dizzy heights of fame and success- but testament to his personality however came to the for not during their fame but when the ban abruptly ended. After 4 years of riding the crest of a wave, the band were suddenly plunged into the abyss – no phasing out, just that – that's it, done. Tom nevertheless, had the usual philosophy that when one door closes, another one opens and so began the process of teaching himself how to produce – leading to a new adventure with Olly and Lost & Found.
"It took time; longer than Tom's impatience would allow and the uncertainly made it difficult at times but with belief in himself, the project and his ever present positive stance, they became successful.
"It is that resilience that makes us proud of him – always a different route to be sought out if you can think outside the box and realise that road blocks and barriers can be dismantled.
"Our children learn so much from us – but we, in turn learn so much from our children – navigating the world of technology as an example for one, but perhaps to adopt their courage and confidence to create new possibilities without the fear of failure being an overriding feature.
"As a family we have been through so many situations with Tom, good and bad. We have nothing but love and pride for not only his achievements but his positive attitude, resourcefulness and determination. We always see him riding on the crest of a wave- just different waves and we'll always be faithfully at his side. An amazing son and brother who we love dearly."
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