Inquest: Lakenheath grandad found hanging by grandson was heartbroken after his wife’s death

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A grandad who was found hanging by his grandson, left a note speaking of his heartbreak at the death of his wife 18 months earlier.

Robin Greenacre, who was 71, tied a dressing gown cord around a swing in his back garden and used it to hand himself.

An inquest into his death heard how Mr Greenacre was found dead at his home in Broom Road, Lakenheath, on April 8.

Suffolk coroner Dr Peter Dean, speaking at Thursday’s hearing, said: “He was found in the early hours of the morning hanging from a swing in the rear garden, by his grandson.”

Dr Dean said Mr Greenace, a retired carpenter and handyman, had been depressed since the death of his wife Heather.

He was found in his pyjamas, having used the cord from his dressing gown as a ligature, Dr Dean said.

His daughter Carol Westall said she had visited her father the day before, leaving his home at around 54.45pm.

“He seemed happy,” she said in a statement read by Dr Dean, at the inquest held in Bury St Edmunds.

“He was a very kind, fun loving man who would do anything he could to help people.”

She said although he had retired early due to ill health, he was a keen gardener and enjoyed playing with his great grandchildren.

“It was felt in a sense that his family kept him going after the loss of Mrs Greenacre about 18 months before,” Dr Dean said.

Family statements described how they had seen Mr Greenacre the day before his death.

““He was laughing and seemed to be having a good time chatting with his neighbours,” Dr Dean said.

But he said Mr Greenacre had also written of ‘The sense of loss that he had at the loss of his wife even with the family around him’.

Pc Emily Bean was one of the police officers called to Mr Greenacre’s house after his suspected suicide.

She described how she found a note left by Mr Greenacre which had been placed on the dining room table.

The inquest also heard that a post mortem examination had confirmed the cause of Mr Greenacre’s death as the result of hanging.

“It does appear thatMr Greenacre intended and understood his own actions,” said Dr Dean.

He recorded a verdict of suicide.

Dr Dean also spoke to extend his sympathies to the family of Mr Greenacre.