Family pay tribute to 24-year-old Leon Vernon-White

The family of a man who sadly died on Friday night, have paid tribute to a ‘mischievous free spirit’.

Leon Vernon-White, aged 24 from Tewkesbury, was reported missing when the canoe he was in capsized in the River Teifi, in Cardigan.

Despite a multi-agency search over several hours, he could not be saved.

His family have paid tribute to Leon, a well-known face around Tewkesbury where he was a busker playing his guitar and singing.

They said: “He was a free spirit who had the ability to put a smile on everyone’s face. He could be mischievous and stubborn but also caring and loving and

fiercely loyal, a constant source of entertainment to all those who knew him.

“He described himself as a jewellery artist, musician and science enthusiast, and this sums him up perfectly.

“Leon loved animals, especially his two dogs Missy and Sid, who went everywhere with him.

“He was a real character and had a large circle of friends from all walks of life.

“He will be deeply missed, loved and forever in our hearts.”

His family have also thanked the emergency services who responded to the incident

They said: “We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services and all those involved in the search for Leon, and to family and friends for all the kind words and continued support.”

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