Ryan Fraser. Picture: Supplied.

Tribute has been paid to a popular 22-year-old West Norfolk man who lost his battle with leukaemia.

Family and friends have described Ryan Fraser as incredibly brave, funny, cheeky and the sort of person who made a lasting impression on everyone he met.

Mr Fraser, of South Wootton,  died on  March 14 after being diagnosed with the illness towards the end of last August.

He spent his 22nd birthday in hospital on September 12, but in October, he was told he was in remission.

Sadly, he later relapsed and was in and out of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he spent time on the teenage cancer ward.

His older brother Sam, 25, said: “Ryan was unbelievably brave, he never faltered, he was strong – he was the strongest person I know.”

Mr Fraser will be running the Grand East Anglia Run on May 1 in King’s Lynn in memory of his brother and will raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

He has set-up an online Just Giving page for anyone who would like to make an online donation: www.justgiving.com/Sam-Fraser3

In paying tribute he said:  “Ryan was a really popular boy, he had a large group of friends and he made an impression on anyone he met. He was very musical and played the guitar, he was funny, the life and soul of the party, cheeky and quite artistic. He will be sorely missed.”

A former pupil of Smithdon High School in Hunstanton, Mr Fraser studied engineering at the College of West Anglia after leaving school and then worked at North Lynn’s Bespak.

He spent a year in the town centre Topman shop before taking up a job in customer service with Adrian Flux Insurance Services, of East Winch.

Shocked teachers and former work colleagues have paid their own tributes.

A school spokesman said: “Ryan studied at Smithdon for five years. He was quiet, yet popular, diligent in his approach to school life and was successful in his GCSEs at the end of Year 11.  Ryan is still fondly remembered by staff at the school, particularly his form tutor Miss Heidi Tooze.”

Nissa Quince spoke on behalf of colleagues at Topman, where Mr Fraser worked for a year.

She said he was a much-loved member of the team.

“Whenever he was at work he brought fun and laughter with him.

“Intelligent, kind, caring and hilariously funny, he wasn’t just an employee but a friend and always put a smile on everyone’s face.

“He will be greatly missed but never forgotten and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this heart-breaking time.”

Mr Fraser is the son of Gary and Anne and step-son of Angela and Del. He also leaves a brother  Marc and step-sisters Amy and Hannah.

A funeral service will be held at Lynn’s Mintlyn Crematorium on Thursday, March 31 at 10am. The family have said donations will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which provides care and support for young people with cancer and their families.