TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular vet whose death “came as a tremendous shock”.
Richard Wignall, of Victoria Street, Mold, died suddenly last week, aged 62, while out riding his mountain bike.
He had been a leading vet in Mold for four decades.
Mr Wignall’s family said he suffered a heart attack near Bodfari.
His son Andy called Mr Wignall a “beloved husband” and “cherished father”.
He said cycling was “his favourite pastime”.
He leaves his wife of 42 years, Viv, sons Andy and Jamie and daughter Vicky.
All three of children have followed in their father’s footsteps and become vets.
Andy, 31, described his dad as being fit and active up until his death.
“It was the last thing we were expecting,” he said. “He will be remembered very fondly. We loved him and all of his clients have been knocked for six.
“He has not been unwell. He just went out one morning and never came back.”
Mr Wignall served as a vet in Mold since 1974. In 1986 he took sole charge in
leading the development of the Grange Veterinary Hospital from a single room in a garage in Victoria Road, through to the state of the art facility on Tyddyn Street today.
The family business will continue with Andy and Vicky taking over the practice.
Jamie is soon set to graduate as a consultant veterinary surgeon.
Andy added: “His legacy is one of many memories of both good times and sadder ones, as a beloved husband, cherished father, mentor to his colleagues and respected veterinary surgeon.
“Most importantly, he was a friend to all who met him and we will miss his wry grin and occasional mumble immensely.”
A book of condolence will be placed at the veterinary hospital in his memory for customers to share their memories of Mr Wignall.
His funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Mold, on Friday, February 21.
The family has requested family flowers only. Donations can be made to
Capricorn Animal Rescue and Wales Air Ambulance.
Shelia Stewart, founder of Capricorn Animal Rescue Centre, said she had worked with Mr Wignall for more than 30 years.
“He was a giant among vets,” she said.
“His death came as a tremendous shock – he will be greatly missed and he has left a huge gap to fill.”