Tom Moulton

The "Moose" loved by so many

Tom Moulton, or Moose as many knew him, tragically passed away at the age of 29 on Monday 27th July.

Moose was a much-loved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, colleague and a dear friend to many. He was a big character, with big presence and an even bigger heart, always giving time to those around him.

He had a great passion for his family, socialising with friends, live and recorded music (especially on vinyl), film, TV and cooking.

He gained the nickname ‘Moose’ when he was 16, following his GCSE’s which he took at Belfairs High School. Tom and his friends visited Newquay to celebrate, and following meeting a group of Northerners, created Nothern versions of their names. Thomas became Moose, and was known by this name by friends and family alike ever since.

Before gaining his degree in Media Studies from Derby University he travelled around Australia and Fiji, he returned to Southend where he started volunteering and then working at Southend YMCA. He undertook many roles at the charity, including launching youth homelessness fundraiser ‘Sleep Easy’.

Housing and the issue of homelessness amongst vulnerable youngsters soon became another passion for Tom as he recognised the huge need in the area for suitable accommodation. He worked tirelessly to fundraise and increase the housing provision for local young people, overcoming many challenges during the process and became something of an expert on the subject.

Tom suffered from epilepsy since he was a child but never allowed his condition to let him live anything but a full life. He never wanted to be treated differently and never made a fuss even when he’d been unwell.

He was kind, funny, generous, humble and always saw the best in people. His passing has left a huge void in the lives in all who knew him.

Our chosen charities for donations in Tom’s memory are to be equally split between Epilepsy Research UK and the housing projects at Southend YMCA. You can go to www.justgiving.com/rememberingmoose.

For more information about making donations please email rememberingmoose@hotmail.com.

"My friendship wasn’t long enough with Moose, but I feel like I’d known him since day 1. He had that effect on people, he always had the time of day to give to anyone, always found the positive, and always came with so much presence. He was an absolute gent, and we have incredible memories together, it is a great loss to all that knew him and to the wider community."

− Mike Bromfield, 24, colleague, housemate and close friend

"Tom was a delightful young man, full of compassion and promise. He was hard working, innovative and very committed to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young homeless people in Southend. He lit up our team and we all miss him immensely "

− Syrie Cox, CEO at Southend YMCA, Tom’s employer

"Tom was so full of life and so positive about the work that he was doing. It was a delight to work with him to help to complete the latest Southend YMCA building project. He will be such a loss"

− Jo Ronan, of Serving the Homeless, an organisation that donated money to Tom’s work at Southend YMCA

"Tom was always a pleasure to work with. Our involvement in the sleep easy's were a pleasure because of his enthusiasm and energy."

− Dawn Winslade, Waitrose Leigh-on-Sea who participated and sponsored Tom’s Sleep Easy initiative