John Atkinson was the son of Daryl and Kevin Price and brother of Laura, Stacey and Amy.John was 28 years old at the time of his death on 23rd May 2017.
John was very bright. He had a Mensa IQ score of 137 at eight years old.“the most thoughtful, loving, caring” man she had ever known. His mum told of his generosity and kindness.By the age of 25, he had passed all his NVQs and reached management level. He chose a career working with young adults with autism and behavioural difficulties, which he loved. His working life was spent helping those in care. His kind and generous nature was evident for all to see. His sister Laura remembers John as
John was a fitness fanatic, who loved music, dancing and life in general.“heart and soul”. I heard that his smile would light up the room and that he had an “addictive” personality. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. He adored his sisters and nephews, and hoped to one day provide foster care for children. His parents remember “his laugh, his humour, his personality, his love for his family, his thoughtful ways”.He was the centre of his family’s world, and was described as their
John was kind, generous and made people laugh. There is less laughter in the world without him.
Events of 22nd May 2017
John received tickets to the Ariana Grande concert as a Christmas present and attended with his lifelong friend, Gemma O’Donnell.Gemma recalls that the concert was really good and they had a lovely time together.
Having been to the Arena before, John knew that it would take them a little time to get out of the car park and so they left shortly before the concert ended.John and Gemma entered the City Room at 22:30:48.