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Joshua Connolly-Teale: Tributes to 'wonderful and loving' teenager who died on camping trip

Joshua had been taking a break from revising for his GCSEs by camping with friends. Photo: MEN Media

A teenager who died on a camping trip in Rochdale has been remembered as a "wonderful and loving son".

Joshua Connolly-Teale died on Saturday morning.

He'd been taking a break from revising for his GCSEs by taking the trip with some friends.

Joshua Connolly-Teale died on Saturday morning. Credit: MEN Media

Joshua’s devastated mum Joanne Teale paid tribute to her popular and much-loved son.

He was lovely. We are really, really proud of him and we’re really going to miss him so much.

– Joshua Connolly-Teale

Joanne said the St Cuthbert’s RC High School pupil, who loved art and IT, was on track to get some good results and had been looking forward to studying game development at Hopwood Hall College.

A keen video gamer he enjoyed playing football with his sisters, trampolining and fishing with his dad Geoff.

He had recently celebrated the birth of his sister Becca’s little girl Madison, who he doted on. Joanne said Joshua was delighted to be an uncle and was excited to push the baby around in her pushchair.

Joshua had just become an uncle. Credit: MEN Media

She added: “Josh really loved her. He was really good with her and was looking forward to spending time with her. He was so pleased and proud to be an uncle.

“He was close to his brother and all his sisters, especially Lauren because they were about the same age.

“He had a lot of mates and he was really funny. We used to call him Victor Meldrew if he was being grumpy. And he would tickle me to make me jump - he was funny.

“Every night he would bump fists with his dad and he would bend down so I could kiss his head before saying goodnight."

I’ll say goodnight to him every night and I’ve still got his school blazer which I’ll keep close to my heart. I will take it everywhere. I just want him to be with us forever.

– Joshua Connolly-Teale

As well as Joanne, Joshua leaves his dad Geoff, sisters Lauren, 14, Becca, 23, and Kayler, 27 and brother Kieron, 26, niece Madison and brother-in-law Ben.

He was also the grandson of Annie and Michael, Chris and the late Geoff.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is ongoing and a file has been passed to the coroner.