Sister pays tribute to Emsworth man

Philip Haddow
Philip Haddow
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The sister of an Emsworth man who hanged himself has paid a heartfelt tribute to her much-loved brother.

Philip Haddow, 53, of Spencer Road was discovered hanging from a tree in woodland in Chichester on July 9.

“Phil was a happy-go-lucky, cheeky character. He was full of life and so loved by his family and friends and by all those who knew of him,” said Mr Haddow’s sister, Glynis Southall.

An inquest into his death held at Chichester Magistrates’ Court on September 5, heard Mr Haddow, a self-employed bricklayer had become increasingly upset about family matters and was still distressed following the death of a close friend a few weeks previously.

The court was told Mr Haddow’s van had been seen in the woodland, off of Marlpit Lane in the weeks leading up to his death.

“I remember his lovely smile. He was known as Irish, that was his nickname. He was a lovely man. He just didn’t want to be lonely.

“It is sad to think of someone like Phil, or anyone in this situation, that could not just reach out and ask for help. He was large as life. God bless him,” added Mrs Southall.

The inquest heard Mr Haddow had struggled to cope with the death of both of his parents.

“He never really coped with it and used to cry a lot,” Mrs Southall, 52, told the inquest.

Mr Haddow, who had lived in Emsworth for most of his life had left a number of notes to family members.

Michael Kendall, assistant coroner said the notes left by Mr Haddow, along with evidence about his background made it clear that the act of hanging was deliberate and he did intend to die.

Mr Haddow was discovered hanging from a tree in woodland off of Marlpit Lane, Hambrook in Chichester at 7pm on July 9.

A post-mortem held at St Richard’s Hospital gave the cause of death as hanging.

The assistant coroner recorded a verdict that Mr Haddow took his own life.