Staff and pupils at Hamilton Boys' High School have been rocked by the death of a popular and successful old boy killed in a car crash this week.
Andrew William Healey, 23, died when his car collided with a truck and trailer at the intersection of Peake and Hautapu roads, near Cambridge, about 12.40pm on Monday.
Hamilton Boys' High School head Susan Hassall described Mr Healey as a special young man and a superb rower. "He'll be remembered as one of the very special young men that we've had through the school."
The death of Mr Healey, a former boarder and rowing captain, is said to have devastated Hamilton Boys' current rowing team and coaches, who are competing at the Maadi Cup regatta in Twizel.
Mr Healey was captain of rowing and sport at Hamilton Boys' in his final year in 2008, Mrs Hassall said, but continued to support rowing at the school after he left.
"His whole family have been involved with rowing for a long time and are a very wonderful support."
Mr Healey was in the school's 2008 Maadi Cup winning squad and in the crew that won the fours the same year.
"He was a very successful rower - a superb rower.
"He was just a wonderful young man. If you ask any of the staff how they remember him, it was his smile.
"A very, very warm caring personality that is going to be hugely missed."
Mrs Hassall said Mr Healey had an older and a younger brother that boarded at Hamilton Boys', too.
The Times made contact with the family of Mr Healey but they declined to comment.
The crash is under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit.
- Waikato Times