Tom Miller (Rugby Player falls from roof and dies) Wiki – Tom Miller Biography
The family of a student rugby player who died just days after signing his first professional contract recounted ‘how desperately he was proud of him with heartache’.
24-year-old Tom Miller, who is studying business administration at Nottingham Trent University, passed away on December 7 after a cerebral palsy after falling from a very high height in Nottingham.
The student, who is also the ambassador of the testicular cancer charity Oddballs Foundation, signed his first professional contract for Nottingham Rugby Club just days ago.
His father Duncan Miller recounted today that his family was ‘thrilled’ to see Tom play at the professional club and that his death ‘beat him’.
Mr. Miller said, ‘He fell very high in Nottingham. It was a terrible accident and he suffered a catastrophic brain injury.
We went from a very high point and now we are at a low point. He had signed his first professional contract for Nottingham Rugby Club just days ago.
When we celebrated, he didn’t want to make anything big out of it, but it was very important to us. It would be great to see him run for the team, we were so excited, but unfortunately this won’t happen now.
He filled out all his forms ready to go. I still didn’t even thank them for everything. I always thought you would play golf. He beat me in the first ten years old! He was just a great nature athlete.
We only had one son, but we had a son as big as anyone could wish. We are proud of him, and it has worn us down. ‘
Mr Miller said his family was ‘desperately proud of their heart’ with Tom and that the legacy he left behind was ‘beyond our expectations’.
He continued: ‘He died on the 7th, and his organs were donated the next day. We are very proud of his departure and clearly our hearts are broken.
He worked extremely hard. At the age of 25 he was beginning to reach his absolute pinnacle, and the difference in what he could actually do and could do was making the difference even more heartbreaking.
We are all desperately proud of our hearts. We are a close family and we will miss him very much. His legacy is beyond our expectations. The group of friends is huge and this is the man’s mark. ”
Tom was studying for a master’s degree at Nottingham Trent University, but saw his course delayed for six months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Mr. Miller said: ‘He really enjoyed his time there at the university. Their masters were delayed due to the coronavirus. In fact, it should have started six months ago.
The group of friends grew and grew. We will always have a good time. There are great stories to be told, and that’s a great laugh.
He attended the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook before college. That school had a lot to do with the man’s making.
It leaves a great legacy behind it. He instilled a special attitude in people. He wanted to live deeply and absorb all the marrow of life. ‘
The 24-year-old, who played half and half for the college rugby team, was chosen as an ambassador for the Oddballs charity, for which he helped raise awareness about testicular cancer.
Mr. Miller added: ‘I was very proud of all the charity work he did. Oddballs chose him as their ambassador and was working on goals and helping people explain what testicular cancer is.
It was stuck and really made a difference. It was a shame that the coronavirus turned some plans upside down as schools had to cancel the big events they organized.
Seeing the JustGiving page is amazing. I am very proud that he is his son. Humble. I always thought you could tell someone about the people who came to their funeral and the legacy they left behind. Tom’s legacy is a great legacy. ‘
His family set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Oddballs on behalf of Tom after his death, and has so far received more than £ 30,000 in donations.
Tom’s family also explained that they were able to fulfill their aspirations to become organ donors and “helped him do this one last favor.”
Her mother wrote to the page: ‘The world lost a beautiful, funny, kind and generous soul due to a head injury on December 7th.
To honor him, we want to raise money to continue his work at Oddballs, a charity for which he is an ambassador. The money collected will fund another ambassador to assist the Foundation.
Luckily as a family we knew about Tom’s wishes for organ donation and were able to help him do one last favor. Please consider talking to loved ones about organ donation. ‘
Oddballs described his death as ‘devastating and unimaginably painful’ and called him an ‘incredible young man’.
They wrote in a tribute: ‘On behalf of OddBalls and The Oddballs Foundation, we inform you with deep sadness, that Tom Miller, our Nottingham Trent University Ambassador, tragically passed away on Monday 7th December.
‘We want to send all of our love and support to Tom’s family, friends and teammates during this devastating and unimaginably painful time.
‘Tom was an integral part of our team and a natural leader – always putting himself forward to help, and setting the standards for others.
‘He was an incredible young man with a kind heart and great sense of humour. It was truly a privilege to work alongside him and to see him take ownership of the ambassador role.
‘His interview for the position was one of the funniest we have ever been involved with, and will never be forgotten.
‘There won’t ever be another Tom, but we know he’ll be watching down on everyone with his big smile and heart.
‘His friends and family have been donating money to fund the Ambassador role in Tom’s memory; allowing the work Tom had started to continue for years to come.
‘The number of comments and donations show how popular and loved he was by so many people around the world. Rest In Peace, Tom.’
To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tommymiller/