'Tragic case' of Tremeirchion man who took own life


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MOTHER has paid tribute to her “perfectionist” son at an inquest into his death.

North Wales coroner John Gittins described the death of 36-year-old Huw David Parry as a tragedy after the fencing contractor was found hanged in a storage shed on a farm on the Flintshire border.

The inquest heard the fencing contractor, who worked for his father, had left a note to his parents apologising for a mistake on an invoice which he feared he had damaged the reputation of his father’s business.

However, Mr Gittins said the music lover from Tremeirchion, near Caerwys, had grossly misjudged the situation before recording a conclusion of suicide at County Hall in Ruthin.

Speaking during the inquest Ann Parry said: “Huw was quiet but a perfectionist who took pride in his work. Work was his hobby as well as his job and he had a close group of friends.

“He was happy and content and there was nothing to show he had any concerns about anything.”

Mr Parry worked with his father, Ken, who discovered his son's body at the storage shed they rented at Plas Coch Farm in Tremeirchion on June 23.

Mrs Parry told the inquest her son had gone out the evening before his death and she and her husband began to grow concerned when he did not return home to work with him the following day.

“It was not unusual for him to stay out but when he was working he would normally come back at about 8.30am," Mrs Parry said.

“My husband waited for him before going to the shed at about 9am.

“When he got there he saw the van and found Huw.”

The inquest heard Mr Parry had left a note expressing a concern about his mistake made with the invoicing after he had miscalculated the VAT, something which had happened weeks before but had been quickly resolved.

However, Mr Gittins said: “It seems to have played on Huw's mind. It is a very tragic case and one of a momentary lapse of judgement.

“The realisation is that he grossly misjudged the situation if that was the reason.”

He said Mrs Parry had painted “a very proud picture” of her “happy and contented” son and added: “The reasons he gave are a sign of his integrity.”

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