A fun-loving teenager who lived for rugby, cars, friends and family has lost his battle with cancer.
Nathan Moore, 18, died on Monday afternoon, just eight months after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
He has been described as an inspiration to all who knew him, hard-working and having a lust for life – but most of all rugby.
Nathan, of Allerburn Lea, Alnwick, played for the town’s rugby club, with the under-15s and the Colts’ team. He also played for the high school side and it was after a tour of South Africa in August last year with them that he became ill.
Mum Sarah said: “He lived for it. It was his passion – he wanted to play rugby, watch rugby, talk rugby, everything was about rugby.
“He was also fun-loving, mischievous and had a great sense of humour.
“He found humour in everything, even his illness.
“He kept his humour right up until the end.”
Sister Jessica, 14, added: “He made a joke of everything. He was also really protective of me and his friends and family.”
And his older brother Josh, 21, added: “It was an honour and a privilege to have Nathan as my brother and to have known him all his life.
“He will be sorely missed.”
Nathan was also a keen Twitter and Facebook user and his accounts have been inundated with tributes.
Just after he died, his dad Nigel tweeted the following message from Nathan’s account: ‘This is @N_atmo signing out now – thanks.’
He said: “Nathan would have wanted us to send the message, he loved Twitter and only stopped in the last two weeks.”
Nathan didn’t let his illness stop him enjoying life.
Nigel said: “While he was ill, school was one of the things that kept him going.
“We would bring him home from chemotherapy on the Friday and on Monday he would be in school.
“He just wanted to get back to normal.”
Sarah added: “He had the disease on his term. He wasn’t going to let it stop him enjoying his life.
“He went out most weekends and was a regular at [nightclub] I Won’t Tell in Alnwick.”
Nathan went through months and months of chemotherapy and lost all his hair.
Sarah added: “He loved his hair but he still managed to make a joke out of losing it.”
Nathan also enjoyed other sports. He watched tennis, snooker, cricket and spent a lot of time at the gym at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre.
He also loved cars and enjoyed driving his Suzuki Swift as well as spending time with his girlfriend, Samantha Wilson-Bell.
Nigel added: “We just loved him so much. He is going to be really, really missed by everyone.
“We would like to thank everyone that has helped us and looked after Nathan, especially his friends Jake Lewney and Joe Phillips.”
His funeral takes place on Wednesday at 1pm at St Michael’s Church, Alnwick, followed by a private interment.
Family flowers only and donations to be made to the Teenage Cancer Unit at Newcastle RVI if desired.