Man missing since Leamington fire named as David Boswell, aged 52
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In accordance with family wishes, Warwickshire Police has named a man still missing following a fire in Leamington last month.
David Boswell, aged 52, from Leamington Spa was working at Leeson Polyurethanes on 27 August when the fire started and has not been seen since.
For safety reasons, investigators have been unable to access and search the scene and hopes of finding David safe and well have faded. Sadly, it is now presumed that David lost his life in the fire.
David’s family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute, describing him as kind, helpful and an inspiration to others who always put a smile on the face of everyone he met.
David’s parents, Christine and John Boswell said “We have lost a dearly loved son who was kind, helpful and will be sorely missed.”
Carol Fureed, David’s partner said” It is with great sadness to announce the loss of my soulmate of 26 years. Dave used to brighten anyone that was feeling down with his jokes. He always knew how to have a good laugh. He had a heart of gold and lived for his family, friends and his passion for fishing. Hope you catch the big one in heaven Dave, until we meet again, love you forever.”
David’s brother Andy Boswell said, “To my brother Dave. Thank you for all the laughs we had. There was never a dull moment with you around, with your jokes and your unique way of looking at things. Until we meet again, tight lines.”
David’s close friend, Ryan Hissey said, “Bozzy was such a massive character, he left an impression on everybody he met. Whether it was showing you a picture of a fish he’d caught (which was rare!), joking around or singing Oasis at the top of his voice, you always knew he was around. He will be greatly missed. Love you David.”
Work colleagues also honoured David with their tributes.
- Ben Curie said, “I knew Bozzy since I started lessons at 20-years-old and I have never felt such a connection; he was someone I could look up to, an inspiration and a hero at work. He never once put anybody down and put a smile on everyone’s face. I will always miss you and hope you catch the big one up there.”
- Richard Walsh said, “Bozzy what can I say? You were a legend pal, so glad to have met you, never a dull day, always joking and laughing. Always smiling when talking about fishing and football, especially the Villa. Going to miss the daily laughs we had together. You always made the new starters welcome and helped them to settle with a joke or a wind up on their first day. You were taken too soon pal. RIP Boz, you were a top man.”
- Danilo Madruga and Kayleigh Mason said, “You didn’t need to know Bozzy long, his happiness touched the hearts of everyone he met. He was always cracking jokes and making everyone smile, always positive. It is a sad truth that the good ones are taken from us earlier than they should. Rest in peace Bozzy. Who could have known how much impact you’d have on all our lives.”
- Adam Pyper said, “Bozzy made me feel so welcome at work. He looked a little intimidating when I first met him but I soon realised he was just a big funny tattooed teddy bear. Such a joker. Always went out of his way to make sure people were smiling. He made me smile coming into work and just seeing his face. Without doing anything he made the day better. He loved his fishing - probably too much - and we spoke about football a lot too. I didn’t know him long, maybe 5 months, but that was time enough. To know what happened just makes me feel so sad and I know it is so unfair. Definitely taken away too soon. I know at least he’s at peace and probably smiling up there somewhere catching some ridiculously massive fish and making jokes.”
- Shaun Meade said, “Where to start with Bozzy? He’s been one of my closest friends at work, walking in together and having breaks together, we spoke about absolutely everything, but mainly about Aston Villa as we were both fans. He was one of the funniest, most welcoming and caring people I have ever met and he will be truly missed “holtender in the sky”.
- David Randell said, “What can I say about the legend that was Mr David Boswell. I had the pleasure of working with this man for 7 years. He’s the only man I’ve known that could make me laugh, cry and swear within a day – no sorry make that an hour! I would not have changed him for the world, at least once a day he would make me realise why I loved working with him. To say I’m going to miss him is an understatement. As I told him more than once, there really is only one Dave Boswell.”
- Daniel Newton said, “Anybody that knew Boz, knew he had a kind heart. He’d always go out of his way to help you out, whatever he was doing. Even if you weren’t having the best of days, you could always count on Boz to make you laugh or smile – and not just when he was talking about his beloved Aston Villa or that he’d only caught one fish the day before. You’ll be deeply missed by all that knew you. Sending you all my love.”
- Andrew Young said, “I was at Leesons for about 8 weeks. Bozzy was a great lad, very funny; he will be missed. From the first day I walked into Leesons he was willing to help me and made me feel part of the lads. He was taken from us far too early which is sad.”
- Gary Woodcock said, “I worked with Bozzy for a long time and had some really great times with him. He was a great bloke with a great sense of humour and we really clicked. It was just good to chat, whether it was moaning about things or talking about when records were released. It’s hard to find the words but I hope he gets the 9 dart finish he always wanted and God bless.”
Detective Superintendent, Jon Marsden, from Warwickshire Police said, “We appreciate how hard this is for David’s family and friends, and our thoughts remain with them. They continue to be supported and updated by specially trained officers.
“Due to unstable chemicals and several hotspots in the building, until now it has been unsafe for search teams to enter the site. The fire brigade has worked extremely hard to resolve these problems and I can confirm that as of 6th September the site has been handed over to police.
"We will be working with structural engineers and demolition experts to ensure the building is safe to enter, allowing us to commence our search. Unfortunately, this is still likely to take some time but it is important we ensure the safety of the search and investigation teams before they enter the site.
“We would ask that the privacy of David’s family is respected at this very difficult time.”