A POPULAR hairdresser took his own life deliberately, an inquest heard.
Mark Anthony Jones, 50, who ran Mold hairdressing salon Absolute Cutters, was found hanged.
Mr Jones, who also owned New Street menswear store Swag, left letters for family and friends before ending his life.
Police said there were no signs of suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
At County Hall, Ruthin, John Gittins coroner for North Wales East and Central district said the discovery of Mr Jones’ body was made by Maes Hyfryd schoolteacher Derek James Hayes at the SEN school’s eco centre in Padeswood.
Mr Hayes and another member of staff had taken five 16 and 17-year-old students to the outdoors area which is provided by building materials supplier Hanson Brick.
He made the discovery alone shortly after the group arrived for their lesson.
Mr Hayes told the inquest he and a student were returning to the main building after collecting tools from a shed when he looked up and saw the figure of a man hanging from the tree.
Without drawing attention to the man and before informing Hanson security staff of what had happened, the Flint teacher returned the student to the rest of the party. All the students were kept unaware of what had taken place.
Mr Gittins read a statement from North Wales Police PC Nigel Hampton who confirmed Hanson staff had reported a man found hanging from a tree in the grounds.
“There were no signs of any suspicious circumstances,” he said. “Life extinct was pronounced at 2.30pm.”
He said Mr Jones was identified from his driving licence which was recovered from his body.
Mr Gittins said a report on Mr Jones’ medical history included no mention of depression or mental health problems or anything else relevant to Mr Jones’ death.
In a statement read at the inquest, Mr Jones’ sister Lesley Myers said letters left by her brother which she confirmed were in his handwriting did not explain the reason for his death.
“The content doesn’t make a great deal of sense,” she said.
She said her brother had suffered after the breakdown of a long term relationship in 2012 and had experienced difficulties after a misunderstanding with his bank had affected his credit rating.
But she said she had spoken to her brother a day earlier on his return from a holiday to Spain and there was no indication of “anything untoward”.
He had also texted her daughter who worked at his salon with him, she added.
“He said he’d missed her lots and would see her later,” she said.
But Mr Jones never turned up to work and later that day police, accompanied by a friend of her brother’s, informed the family that Mr Jones had taken his own life.
“All who knew him are devastated,” she said.
At the time of his death, Mr Jones had been living with friends in their Mold home.
Roger Anthony Jenks said he had last seen Mr Jones the afternoon before his death.
“He was walking the dogs and in high spirits,” he said. “I definitely didn’t see suicide coming.”
A postmortem found no evidence of alcohol or drugs in Mr Jones body and nothing significant besides marks on his neck consistent with hanging.
Mr Gittins said all the circumstances led him to believe Mr Jones had taken his life intentionally.
“He makes very clear in his letters to friends and family that it was his intention to bring his life to an end,” he said.
A conclusion of suicide was recorded.
Sharon Doughty, who attended the inquest with Mr Jones’ nieces Nicola and Jenna Myers and her husband Ian said the hairdresser had been her best friend.
“He was loved by everyone who knew him,” she said. “He was a very, very popular man. He’ll be missed by so many.”
in a statement, Nicola and Jenna Myers said their uncle would be “greatly, greatly missed”.