Plaque means Michael’s memory will still live on

Remembered: The plaque to Michael.

Remembered: The plaque to Michael.

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A MEMORIAL has been unveiled to a popular teenager who died in his sleep.

The bronze plaque at Gleadless scout hut pays tribute to air cadet Michael Kentzer, aged 14, who was found unresponsive in bed at the family home two months ago.

Perfect: Micahel Kentzer.

Perfect: Micahel Kentzer.

Scouts in Gleadless have also used a special sign to name their minibus after the former scout and explorer.

Michael’s mum Gillian Kentzer said: “They used to call Michael ‘The Colonel’ because he used to whip everyone into shape! So that is on the plaque and on the bus.

“It means a lot that people thought so much of him but I would much rather have him back.

“He is a good example for other scouts to follow. It’s wonderful they are remembering him, but at the same time it’s very emotional.”

Michael went to bed and did not wake up at his home in Gleadless on December 19 last year. He was found by his sister Sophie.

Hundreds of people attended the student’s funeral in January and tributes were paid to the ‘perfect son’ who had just got his first girlfriend.

His cause of death remains a mystery, although the family believe it could have been caused by sudden death syndrome. An inquest is to take place.

Mick Goodwin, group scout leader and explorer scout co-ordinator, said Michael’s memory will live on.

He said: “It’s our way of remembering him. The plaque is there for him when we are in the hut and the minibus is like him coming with us on all of our trips still. It was emotional to unveil them. His friends are still grieving.”

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