Touching tribute to “cheerful” and “positive” rower from Maidenhead after death

A father has paid tribute to his “cheerful” and “positive” son following an inquest into his death.

Joseph Henry Smelt, from Maidenhead, took his life on June 17 this year to the shock of family and friends, including his mother who described him as being “happy” and “full of life.”

The inquest heard the 22-year-old had been bullied for being autistic at school, but his friends thought he seemed happy and his mother said he was looking forward to going to university.

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Joseph’s father, John Smelt said: “He was my boy. I have never known anybody so cheerful and positive as he was. My only regret is that I could never give him the same enthusiasm for rugby as I did for Formula 1.”

John explained that Joseph was more than 6ft tall and had the perfect build for a rugby player, but added he was far too gentle for it to be a true passion of his.

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Instead, Joseph was interested in rowing, and used to row for The Windsor Boys School rowing club.

He also had a shared interest with his father in the form of cars and Formula 1 and it was Johns’ dream to one day take him Joseph a race.

John expressed how hard it was to condense a life down into words and simply added: “He was my boy. He’s died and it’s sad.”

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