THE family of successful young boxer Adam Reid who died in a car crash have paid tribute to him and spoken of their grief.
Adam Reid, 23, of Ryefield Avenue, Hillingdon, crashed his Mini Cooper into a tree in Breakspear Road South, Ruislip, on May 22.
Jackie Reid, his mother, said: "It is very devastating for everybody. He was so close to Collette (his girlfriend); he planned to get engaged.
"He was very positive and had lots of hopes and dreams for the future. He was so loyal and would do anything for his friends.
"So many of his friends have been round here to speak to us - they just cannot believe it."Adam was a scaffolder, and although out of work he had planned to open up his own pie and mash shop.
Dave Reid, his stepfather, said: "He was known as the pie man. He did lots of research, he used to go to anywhere with his mother, they were so close.
"He was a really talented boxer. He won loads of trophies, even though he only started at 19."
Adam fought at middleweight and trained with Northolt Boxing Club, close to where he used to live.
His family moved to Hillingdon five years ago, and Adam spent half of his time there and the rest with 24-year-old Collette, who lives in Ruislip.
Collette Sayers, 24, said: "We went to Egypt and Cyprus together and we had planned to go on holiday to South Africa.
"I still think he's going to come home." Jackie Reid said: "He really cared for her. They fell in love with each other.
"He was a big Chelsea fan and went to watch lots of games.
"He was also really into motocross when he was little. I remember standing watching him in the mud."
Adam also leaves a sister, Katie, 25, who his mother says he was also very close to. The spot where Adam died is adorned with dozens of floral tributes, Chelsea scarves and messages for him.
Dave Reid said: "We still do not know how it happened. There is a possibility an animal ran out in front of him, we just don't know.
"The police are investigating, and have been very good to us - it is just frustrating it takes so long to find out answers."
Heather Petkov, his aunt, said: "He was handsome, loving and strong. It is so tragic to die at such a young age."
Adam competed in The Chimes shopping centre's Modelsearch competition last summer in Uxbridge and played football for Larkspur Rovers in Northolt.
A Facebook page set up in tribute to Adam has more than 400 members, and dozens of hear tfelt messages from his friends.
Adam's funeral will take place on Friday next week at All Saints Church, Long Lane, Hillingdon, at 1.30pm.