In loving memory of the late Trystan Potter who sadly passed away on 14th January 2015.
Trystan was born on the 23rd of March 1988 at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. He was the second of three children born to dawn and Brian along with his big brother, Daniel and his little sister, Emily. In those days the family
lived at Leman Road, not too far from here and Trystan did his growing up and schooling in Gorleston, going to Cliff Park School.
He was a fairly quiet lad as a youngster and he was very close to his big brother. When their little sister came along both boys adored her and there would often be squabbles as to who sit with her.
Although he was quiet Trystan still got up to his fair share of mischief. He and his friend, Craig were caught by the Police, setting a fire one day. It was an experience that taught him a lesson and the police scared the daylights out of him for that.
Both Daniel and Emily will tell you that Trystan was Dawn's favourite. If there was anything to get away with, Trystan was the one who would. He had a very good sense of humour and was very much like his dad when it came to that.
The family enjoyed their holidays together and there were trips to Canada and Spain. Brian remembers that in Spain they all visited a water park and had a great time. Later on Trystan had some good times on holiday with his friends-to Amsterdam and on a broads cruise-we'll hear more about those in a little while I'm sure.
When he was sixteen Trystan finished school and went on to College but he hated it. He got a job at a chicken factory for a little while and then went to work for TMS Media on the Gapton Estate. Now he had found the real direction he wanted to go in. he worked as a Web Developer and stayed with the company from 2005 until 2012 before moving to Affinity New Media.
Trystan decided that he wanted to do much better for himself and off his own back he took on a degree course to study Computer Sciences. He worked hard and funded his studies himself at the UEA from 2009 and in 2013 he achieved his goal, gaining his degree. At the age he was it was a massive achievement for him, reached by his own determination and drive. On his graduation day the family went to see him gain his degree and he persuaded his mum to enjoy a drink. The trouble is that Dawn wasn't used to what was on offer cider- and by the time the formal ceremony started, Dawn was a bit tiddly. It was all fine though- until it came to Trystan getting up for his presentation. Then the cider kicked in! I'll leave the rest to your imagination!
He was a good hearted man. He would do anything to help anyone and he was very good at problem solving, sorting out money matters and he was brilliant when it came to math's.
He loved his music and had quite a wide range in his taste but some of it was a bit 'off the wall' too. Tupac was one of the artists he listened to an awful lot.
I could go on talking about all the different facts about Trystan's life but there is a lot more to him than facts. We will hear about the real person that he was from his family, friends and boss in a little while.
Trystan has left you all far too soon. Nothing we could do can change that but to keep him alive in your hearts and minds you all have the memories of those shared times. Memories are no substitute for the man he was but they are yours for as long as you want them to be and no one can take them away from you.
What he was to you doesn't change. Trystan will always be a son, brother and friend. Why would that be any different because you can't see him?
Be proud to have been part of his life. Be happy that he was here and that you were able to be part of his life. Be glad that he was part of yours.
Remember him with fondness and love for everything that he has brought to your lives.
Physically he's gone but his spirit will live on with every one of you. He will stay in your hearts and minds and be with you wherever you go.