Family pays tribute to son who 'leaves a big gap in all our lives'
THE grieving family of a teenager who died in a house fire has paid tribute to a 'much-loved young man' who 'taught them much in his short life'.
Peter Baker was found dead by firefighters at his home in Upton Road, Slough, on Saturday evening.
The 18-year-old's parents, the Reverend Andrew Baker and his wife Jill, said their son lived for drama.
Mr Baker, from St Andrew's Methodist Church, Slough, and superintendent minister of the Thames Valley Methodist Circuit, said: "He was exceptionally gifted at drama. He was involved in all drama at school and all drama in his church. Only last Sunday he performed an interpretation of the story of Jairus' daughter at the church."
The teenager, who was a steward at the church in Merton Road, left a letter to his family speaking of his struggle to 'continue fighting against the darkness which sometimes overwhelmed him'.
His mother, Jill, president of Methodist Women in Britain, said: "He leaves a very big gap in all our lives.
"We believe he is now at peace and in the light."
His brother Tim, 22, said: "He was at his best when he took a biblical story and brought it to life.
"He was my best friend as well as my brother who inspired others through his thoughtful approach to life and his desire to be the best person he could possibly be."
Peter's family spoke of his love of sport and his support for Leeds United and Barcelona.
Mr Baker added: "He knew everything there was to know about football, particularly the Premier League and La Liga."
Peter, who had completed A-levels in English literature, philosophy, drama and classical civilisations at Strodes College, Egham, had provisionally secured a place at Queen Mary University in London to study drama.
Mr Baker added: "He was extremely bright and talented academically. He wanted to use drama for a career."
Firefighters from Langley and police were called to the house at 7.10pm on Saturday.
The fire was contained to the house and the extent of the damage is still to be confirmed.
Police said the fire is being investigated, but 'there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances'.
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Jul 9, 16:14