THE family of a bar worker found dead after disappearing from his home today paid tribute to “a young man with a heart of gold”.
Tom Burns, 25, was missing from his Kirkdale home for nearly two weeks before his body was discovered in Stanley Dock on Monday.
Today his older brother Daniel, 32, led tributes to the former Maricourt High School pupil, who had recently been upset by the death of his nan.
Daniel said: “Tom lived with his nan and absolutely doted on her. Her death hit him pretty hard. He loved spending time with us as a family and with his girlfriend, Clare, who he had been with for several months.
“They used to go for trips out to New Brighton and for weekends away and were just so perfect for each other.
“Tom was also a huge Everton fan and had a season ticket for years. I used to go to all the games with him and our dad and we all loved spending that time together. We went down to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool and had a great day.
“He loved his music as well – one of our best days out together was when we went to see Oasis in Manchester.
“None of us can believe we are having to deal with this now. Tom had his whole life ahead of him and had so many things planned. We just wish he could see now how much people loved him.”
Tributes were paid to the Popworld barman after the 12-day search ended in tragedy. Merseyside Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the matter was referred to the coroner earlier this week.
Daniel added: “As a family, we are grateful to everyone who helped search for Tom and who has supported us through this awful time.
“The public have been fantastic.
“I know everyone says this about their family members, but you could honestly not find anyone who had a bad word to say about Tom.
“He had a heart of gold and was loved by everyone who knew him. We’re all going to miss him so much, but we have a lot of happy memories to look back on. Everton’s club motto is ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ – only the best is good enough. That’s how we feel about Tom.
“We just want to make him as proud of us as we all were of him.”
An inquest into Tom’s death was opened in Liverpool yesterday and adjourned until February.