Motorcycle accident claims talented life
A TALENTED young computer whizzkid from Suffolk has been tragically killed just as his new business was taking off.Grieving family and friends of Alexander Fedida will gather today to pay their last respects to a man who was already one of the most respected IT experts in his field at the age of just 23.
A TALENTED young computer whizzkid from Suffolk has been tragically killed just as his new business was taking off.
Grieving family and friends of Alexander Fedida will gather today to pay their last respects to a man who was already one of the most respected IT experts in his field at the age of just 23.
Mr Fedida, who grew up in Felixstowe with his mum and dad, Diane and Clive, had celebrated his 23rd birthday just a week before he died in a crash in north London when his motorbike was in collision with a car.
His mum said he had boundless enthusiasm and energy, and had been striving with a friend to set up a new computer business, which just a few days before had won major clients.
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"He had so much energy and loved what he was doing. Whatever his passion was at any moment he wanted to learn everything about it – he never did things a little bit, he would always go the whole hog," said Mrs Fedida.
"He was a very clever lad but he was adamant that he did not want to continue into further education and was determined to live and work in London as soon as he could."
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Mr Fedida, who lived with his parents and brother Dan, now 20 and studying at university, in Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, went to Felixstowe College Junior School, High Road East, Old Felixstowe.
He then attended Ipswich School, leaving at 16 and heading off for London.
As a child, he had an enormous interest in many subjects and activities, and was accepted as a member of Mensa at the age of 11. He had an IQ of 161.
"If you had a discussion with Alex, generally you didn't win – his reasoning was well thought out," said Mrs Fedida, a violin teacher with the county music service.
When he moved to London he got a job with BT, then changed jobs regularly, adding to his CV and gaining valuable experience and enhancing his reputation.
He moved to a flat in Fulham and then to Putney, where he proudly took on a flat formerly belonging to a popstar.
About a year ago he was made redundant, but saw the move as an opportunity to get back his freedom and do something new. He had lots of ideas and projects, including running a business recording live gigs around the capital, before he started setting up a new IT venture with a friend.
"He had such amazing energy. Friends and business associates have told us how hard he worked. On one occasion a project was offered to him which he said would take a bit of time. His associates expected four or five months, and he said it would not be completed until after the weekend!" said Mrs Fedida.
"Over the past few days we have met so many friends that we never knew existed. London was like a village to him and he was so popular and knew so many people."
Mr Fedida was on his way home riding on wet roads when it is believed he swerved to avoid a car braking in front and fell in the path of an oncoming car. An inquest will be held.
A funeral service was due to be held today at Mortlake Crematorium at 4pm.