Tribute to Bruno Fernandes, 17, who was ‘a friend to all’

Honiton teenager died peacefully at family home.

THE devastated parents of a popular Honiton teenager, who was found dead at the family home, have paid tribute to a “bubbly” person who was “a friend to all”.

Bruno Fernandes, 17, died peacefully in his sleep.

He was the elder son of Carlos and Julie Fernandes, who are well-known publicans in Honiton, running both The Heathfield Inn and The Red Cow.

His mum found his body last Tuesday morning.

Bruno leaves a younger brother, James, aged 13.

Tributes have poured in from young people across the district.

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The messages, many left on Bruno’s Facebook page, have touched the family and offered them comfort.

“It is lovely to know he knew so many people in his short life. He was a friend to all,” Julie told The Midweek Herald. “I will remember him for the way he was. He was always nice and bubbly.

“We are going to miss him very much. Everyone is upset; it has been a shock for everyone, being such a young life. Words can’t really describe it.”

She added: “Bruno loved his Xbox and PlayStation, as well as his music and going out with friends.”

Born in the south Algarve, Bruno enjoyed family holidays to Portugal. When he was younger, Bruno was a keen football fan and supported his dad’s team, Benfica.

He was a pupil at Littletown Primary School and St John’s School, Sidmouth, before attending Honiton Community College.

Before his tragic death, Bruno was a student at Exeter College where he was studying car maintenance and body shop repairs. He showed a keen interest in cars and it was one of his passions.

His dad, Carlos, said: “He always had a smile for everyone and he was loved pretty much by all.”

Bruno’s funeral service will take place the Church of the Holy Family, in Exeter Road, Honiton, tomorrow (Thursday, March 17) at 2.30pm.

Flowers, or donations for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, may be given at the service or sent care of E A Dodd and Son Funeral Directors, King Street, Honiton.

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