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Much missed: Jason Lee died after a crash on Wednesday (Photograph supplied)

The family of a football player who was killed in a road accident on Tuesday have paid tribute to a loving son and brother.

Jason Lee, who was a striker for Wolves Sports Club and had ambitions to play professionally, was described as a caring man who never allowed setbacks to distract him from his dreams.

Mr Lee, from Devonshire, died after his motorcycle was in collision with a truck on North Shore Road in Hamilton Parish — two days before his 30th birthday.

After attending the Berkeley Institute, Mr Lee followed his father into the construction industry. He also had trials to play football professionally in the US, and spent several years in England playing for non-League club Aylestone.

Key man: Jason Lee, left, shown in action for North Village

Mr Lee’s father, Sidney, described his son as “a good boy” who was always willing to work and help out.

He said: “He was so kind-hearted and easy to get along with. He was always very protective of me.

“He loved his football and was good enough to play professionally, but things just didn’t work out.

“And when he wasn’t playing football, he was here at home , playing chess and his music with his friends. It kept him out of trouble.”

Mr Lee was in the news just last week when he scored the equaliser as Wolves came back from 1-0 down to upset Hamilton Parish 2-1 in the First Division Shield semi-final.

Mr Lee’s eldest brother, Shannon, added: “Jason was the most passionate, caring person. Being the youngest in the family he wanted to look out for everybody. He never said no. I could ask him for anything. If he had it, it was mine.

“He was always willing to help. He was a genuinely good person. He was just always fun. He was a free spirit.”

Grieving: Sidney Lee with sons Shannon, left, and Sherwin (Photograph by Gareth Finighan)

Mr Lee was the youngest of five children. His eldest sister, Garilynn, described him as a loving brother and uncle.

“Jason has since birth always had a big smile. He just seemed to be such a happy kid. The whole way through, he was extra loving. He loved his mama, he loved his daddy and he loved his brothers and sisters.

“As time went on and we all grew, he had nieces and nephews, and he adored them. I think he was all about family.

“But he also loved football; that was just his passion, always.”

She added that her brother, who had type 1 diabetes diagnosed when in his mid-twenties, always brushed off adversity and put others before himself.

She said: “He kept getting back from all his injuries because he just wanted to play ball. Nothing could stop him.

“He always got back up and acted as if everything was OK. He never acted like something was wrong with him. He would say, ‘Don’t worry about me; I’m OK’.

Ms Lee added that her brother’s easygoing nature and positive attitude would disappear only on the football field.

Much missed: Jason Lee died after a crash on Wednesday (Photograph supplied)

She said: “He could lose his temper playing football, when he messed up and felt that he had let himself down. Or he would get mad at other players who didn’t seem to strive as much as him. He had that drive in him where he wanted to win.

“He always made sure to tell me that he loved me every time he saw me or talked to me. He made sure to tell me. He always made time to come and check for me and I love my baby so much.

Loving family: Jason Lee, left, pictured with his brothers and sister Shanelle at her wedding (Photograph supplied)

“Losing his mum was hard because he absolutely loved his mum. He loved that his dad went to every football game. I know everybody misses him because he was sweet to everybody. The boy was loved by a lot of people and I’m glad that that was my little brother because he was a good boy who grew into a fine, very handsome young man.

“Jason deserves every bit of love that he got, is still getting and will continue to get in the future. He deserves it all.”

Jason’s other sister, Shanelle, described him as having the biggest heart.

She said: “He was just so selfless. Whenever I asked him for help, the answer was an unequivocal yes. He was extremely hardworking and never asked for anything in return.”

“He was diabetic but never acted like it bothered him. Like everything else, he just took it in stride and was always positive. We didn’t discover he had diabetes – type 1 until late and I think that was because he looked after himself. He was always in shape and working out and playing football. That was his passion. Jason was a great brother and our hearts are absolutely broken now that he is gone.”

A post on the Twitter page of North Village Community Club, for whom Mr Lee played before moving to Wolves, said: “Good Morning Red Army Fans! We are sorry to announce the passing of former player Jason Lee, as he passed away from a road fatality accident last night.

“At this time we also want to send our condolences to the Wolves family, as we know Jason was much loved by both teams.

”We send our deepest condolences to the Lee family at this time. Rest In Peace ‘Beast Lee’, you will for ever be missed.“

On the ball: Jason Lee was a prolific goalscorer for North Village and Wolves football clubs

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Published April 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm (Updated April 17, 2022 at 2:34 pm)

Family grieve for road crash victim footballer Jason Lee

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