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Josh’s bright star shines

AMAZING YOUNG MAN: Josh Allen was a popular student and sportsman.
AMAZING YOUNG MAN: Josh Allen was a popular student and sportsman.

AFTER putting up a brave fight with an inoperable brain stem tumour, Southgate teenager Josh Allen has died, surrounded by his extended family.

It was his 16th birthday.

Tributes for the popular young sportsman appeared on his Facebook fan page soon after.

"The sky will have one more bright, shining star in it tonight," it read.

"It is with much sadness to inform you that Josh has lost his battle late last night,

"Sending out love to all Josh's family and friends,

"He truly was an amazing young man right to the end."

Josh's death was acknowledged by his school mates at Grafton High School who on Thursday chose to dress in green, Josh's favourite colour.

Greg Allen said his son would be remembered as a young man with many friends and a passion for his sports.

"Football (soccer), cricket, and hockey, he loved them all. He was a very good sportsman, a great all rounder and whatever he did, he did his best," Mr Allen said.

Earlier this year Josh travelled to Sydney to meet the Socceroos and deliver the game ball to the ref.

On his return, he described the experience as "awesome."

A planned trip to Brazil with his family to watch the World Cup live in July was cancelled after he became ill just a few days before his flight.

Instead, he stayed up all night with his dad, watching the game from the comfort of his lounge room.

Mr Allen said throughout the past 12 months, the family was overwhelmed with the support shown by the community.

"Everyone here in Grafton has been so thoughtful; some people have done a lot for Josh, like Sharon Powell, who has helped to organise fundraising events," he said.

Mr Allen thanked friends, family, doctors, palliative care nurses and the staff at Ronald McDonald House Westmead for their support.

Josh's funeral will be held at Grafton's Christ Church Cathedral from 3.30pm on Tuesday, October 14, with all friends and family invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers people are asked to donate to Ronald McDonald House, Westmead.

A collection will be taken after the funeral or can be made in Josh's memory online via http://www.rmhc.org.au/help/donate - select Westmead from the options.

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