Fun, car­ing and tal­ented Fam­ily re­mem­ber Cory, 21, who died at wa­ter park

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Tom GIBBON [email protected]­plc.com

THE heart­bro­ken fam­ily of the young man who drowned at Cotswold Wa­ter Park last week have paid trib­ute to their “fun, car­ing and tal­ented” loved one.

Cory Ni­chol­son, 21, died after get­ting into dif­fi­cul­ties in one of the lakes at the at­trac­tion, near Cirences­ter, last Tues­day.

Other swim­mers tried in vain to save him be­fore emer­gency ser­vices be­gan a lengthy search op­er­a­tion.

It had been re­ported he was look­ing for a miss­ing dog, but that has since been found not to be the case.

Cory was from Calne in Wilt­shire and worked as a car me­chanic.

His fam­ily re­vealed he also loved noth­ing more than vol­un­teer­ing with his lo­cal fire and res­cue ser­vice as well as help­ing out a char­ity sup­port­ing those with Down’s syn­drome.

They de­scribed him as a “com­plete and ut­ter fam­ily man” who was over­joyed to re­cently be­come an un­cle.

In a state­ment given ex­clu­sively to the Glouces­ter­shire Echo, the fam­ily said: “Cory was trag­i­cally taken from us too soon. He was a won­der­ful man who was loved by ev­ery­one – he was fun, car­ing and so tal­ented.

“Known for his love for all an­i­mals, in­clud­ing exotic ones, he had quite a pet col­lec­tion of lizards, stick in­sects, spi­ders and many more.

“He was a keen car en­thu­si­ast, spend­ing much of his time at car shows and cus­tomis­ing his hot rod car with his dad. He achieved so much in his

short 21 years of life and al­ways wanted the best things in life.

“He was lucky enough to be cho­sen and grad­u­ated from the Mercedes ap­pren­tice­ship, se­lected out of 30,000 ap­pli­cants, which was the foun­da­tion of his ca­reer as a me­chanic.

“He was a com­plete and ut­ter fam­ily man.

“He’d been en­joy­ing be­com­ing an un­cle over the last cou­ple of years and his nieces ab­so­lutely adored him.

“He loved a fam­ily gath­er­ing, al­ways the one with the smile that lit up the room. His love ex­tended to friends, of which he had so many, and even strangers.

“Work­ing with his lo­cal fire and res­cue ser­vice, Cory sup­ported them with their Sala­man­der ini­tia­tive, which helps young peo­ple in Swin­don and Wilt­shire, pro­vid­ing them with life skills and help­ing them gain con­fi­dence.

“He also en­joyed spend­ing time with the Swin­don Down’s syn­drome char­ity group. They were al­ways over­joyed and ex­cited to see him.

“Ev­ery­one is dev­as­tated by the loss of Cory. His fam­ily are over­whelmed by the love and sup­port they have re­ceived.

“Peo­ple have been pay­ing their re­spects to Cory at the lake where he passed away.

“Cory Ni­chol­son was a very much loved and pop­u­lar me­chanic. He had a heart of gold, al­ways there for you if you needed him.

“Cory was taken too soon and will for­ever be re­mem­bered as the lit­tle guy with (the) big­gest heart.

“RIEP Cory Ni­chol­son aka Shorty.”

He had a heart of gold, al­ways there for you if you needed him

Cory Ni­chol­son, 21, died after get­ting into dif­fi­cul­ties in a lake

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