The friends and family of an Alnwick man who died after being hit by a taxi have described him as exceptional and unique.
Stevie Graham, 32, passed away on Friday, from injuries he sustained after being hit by a taxi when he was crossing the road in Darlington at 12.30am on Sunday, February 2.
A photographer and chef, Stevie was much-loved by all who knew him.
In a statement, his parents Barry and Stef, of Greensfield Moor Farm, brothers Joe, Michael and David, and his sister Katie said: “Stevie was an exceptionally talented photographer and vibrant chef; it is through these means he earned a fun, exciting and prosperous living which took him all over the globe.
“Stevie touched many peoples’ hearts and fitted more adventures into his 32 years than most people would in many lifetimes. He was a unique person in that he could light up a hall-full of people with few words as he had a huge presence wherever he went.
“He was so very kind and thoughtful. His eight nieces and nephews loved him dearly because of his cheeky, joyful and energetic persona.”
Stevie was an avid traveller and it was while he was working in Mallorca that he met Doug Linick in summer 2012.
Doug said: “Stevie was an exceptional young friend.
“Adventurous and fun-loving to the hilt.
“I first met him in the summer of 2012 while he was employed as a chef at the Hotel Son Net here in Puigpunyent, Mallorca.
“In November of 2012, I had the good fortune to visit Stevie and his parents Stef and Barry at their home in Alnwick.
“Although my time with Stevie was short, he made an immediate and lasting impression on me. I feel very blessed to have known him.”
Stevie’s funeral will take place in Alnwick tomorrow. A service will be held at noon, at St Paul’s Church, followed by a celebration of his life at the Red Lion, in Alnmouth.
On Saturday, Stevie’s family and friends will take a walk on Alnmouth beach.
Stevie had been living in Sri Lanka and also leaves behind his girlfriend, Minoli.