Funeral to be held for Winchester boy who died in avalanche

Romsey Advertiser: Cameron Bespolka, 16, died while skiing with his family in Austria on December 17 Cameron Bespolka, 16, died while skiing with his family in Austria on December 17

A WINCHESTER boy who died in Austria while skiing with his family was remembered on Friday (January 17) at his funeral.

Cameron Bespolka, 16, died on December 17 after he, his father and a ski guide were engulfed in snow in the resort of Lech am Arlberg.

The avalanche swept Cameron, his father Kevin, 51, and the guide 150 metres down the mountain, leaving Cameron’s triplet brother Nicholas watching from the top, who had been skiing a short distance behind. The three were thought to have been skiing off-piste.

Cameron’s mother, Corinne Bespolka, 53, the boys’ triplet sister Megan, and 12-year-old sister Sienna, are believed to have been at their hotel when the accident happened.

Tributes flooded in from Cameron’s school Winchester College soon after the incident was reported.

In a statement, the headmaster of Winchester College Ralph Townsend described Cameron as “popular with staff and pupils alike”.

“Patient and caring, he put people immediately at their ease. He also had an impish and dry sense of humour," said Dr Townsend.

Cameron, had interests including bird watching, tennis and cross-country running.

In an obituary posted in The Times, Cameron was described as “irreplaceable”.

“Cameron Cruickshank. Irreplaceable. Taken away much too soon. A short and full life. An immense passion for birding. Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. In our hearts now and forever.”

The service took place at Winchester Cathedral at 2.30pm.

Cameron's family have asked for any donations to be made to cameronbespolkatrust.com - a trust set up in his memory.

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