A beautiful boy with a beautiful soul, a beautiful heart and a beautiful smile
Oli took his life on the 1st May 2018, aged just 16.
Michelle, Oli's mother, says "I still find it hard knowing that this is real and that this is forever. I can’t believe that I will never be able to kiss him and hold him and tell him I love him. The loss I feel is with me every moment of the day - I don’t want anyone else to feel like this."
The loss of a son, brother, grandchild, nephew and cousin has changed the family. There will forever be someone missing at the table, commanding the conversation, making everyone laugh, being a complete family.
Oli, to everyone who knew him, was polite, confident and full of love. A leader among men. His friends looked to him for both inspiration and support. He was the friend everyone referred to as their best friend.
He was selfless with his time to anyone who needed him. If he saw anyone being left out he would always include them. Oli had so many friends, and to each one of them he gave the same love and attention. Oli was always the perfect gentlemen. His manners were impeccable, always offering to help carry shopping, helping out anyone who ever need his help. Oli would dominate a room with his personality and charisma. Yet Michelle always said that this was a front to cover underlying insecurities.
Sport played a big part in Oli's life. He played Football for the London Lions, referred for the Hertfordshire League, played rugby for Harrow RFC, but his real love was for Futsal, especially for Pro Futsal. Oli represented Great Britain in the 2018 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv, Israel as the under-16 Futsal goalkeeper.
From a very young age Oli contributed much to the wider society in which he lived. His charitable efforts included fundraising for Jewish Care, helping out in a rest home on Christmas Day, manning phones for charitable appeals, taking part in Maccabi GB fun runs, triathlons and much more.
Oli excelled academically at school, especially at mathematics. He was singled out from a young age as a gifted pupil and his ability to debate current affairs could reduce adults around him to blabbering wrecks! Oli was destined for a career either in politics or business and he would have been a great success in either. Michelle always said Oli would be Prime Minister one day.
Join us in celebrating and remembering Oli's life and helping other teenagers to see through the fog.
Oli Leigh - a beautiful boy with a beautiful soul, a beautiful heart and a beautiful smile