A FAMILY has released a tribute to Henry Esin Ayabowei through their North Wales Police family liaison officer.
Henry was a loving partner to Melicia, a devoted and caring father to Tianna and Emelia and uncle to Kian.
He always put his family first, sometimes to the detriment of his own interests. As can be seen by the many tributes afforded to Henry, he was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Although we are all devastated to lose Henry at such a young age, and that our lives will never be the same, we as a family will not allow this senseless act to destroy the future of his beloved girls.
Whilst a Dad’s love may never be completely replaced, we will do all in our power to give our time, effort and emotions to ensure the best possible future for his girls under the circumstances.
When family commitments allowed, Henry loved nothing better than to spend time on the football pitch, whether playing five a side, or for one of the local football teams.
He was a fervent supporter of Arsenal F.C. and would occasionally attend a match with his friends. It makes us proud to know that other people will now benefit from Henry’s untimely passing.
We as a family are grateful for the commitment shown by the medical profession, the compassion shown by North Wales Police in their line of duty, and we are also thankful for the many positive tributes expressed in the memory of Henry and to the unswerving support given to us as a family.
We are grateful to Llanfairpwll, Cemaes, Llangefni and Trearddur Bay Football Clubs for the respectful tributes paid to Henry before Wednesday night’s matches, with the proceeds being donated to Melicia and the girls.
Similar supporting events have been organised for the days and weeks to come. We have also received messages of support from many other local football clubs.
Special thanks go to Eleri Dennis who set up the on-line fund raising for Melicia and the girls, and also to the numerous contributors.
Since we have received so many messages in the last few days, we would apologise for not giving specific mention to everyone, and therefore would like to give our general thanks to all who have expressed their condolences and given their support.
We would also like to give special mention to Henry’s immediate family who have to cope with this terrible tragedy from afar.
Nonetheless, we have been in regular contact to share our thoughts and memories of their cherished son and brother. Henry will always be in our hearts, and will still be regarded as a much loved part of our families.