Shotton man who took own life was an 'absolute gentleman'


Romilly Scragg

A DAUGHTER has spoken of the “wonderful memories” she and others have of her father who took his own life earlier this year.

Robert David ‘Dai’ Dykins, 75, who died on Tuesday, March 11, was described by daughter Kerys Morgan as “an absolute gentleman”.

The beloved father of four and grandfather of four went missing from his home on Shotton Lane, Shotton, the previous day.

Mr Dykins was discovered the following morning by a member of the public in a heavily wooded area between Shotton Railway Station and Hawarden Bridge. He had taken his own life.

An inquest at County Hall, Ruthin, heard how Mr Dykins had left a note for his family at the home he shared with daughter Kerys Morgan’s family.

Coroner for North Wales East and Central John Gittins said the letter, which was not read out, referred to various “essentially financial” issues.

It indicated Mr Dykins’ intention to resolve the issues “in some manner”.

A post-mortem examination by Dr Andrew Dalton at Wrexham Maelor Hospital found no drugs or alcohol in Mr Dykins’ blood but injuries consistent with his having died by suspension of the neck.

Mr Gittins said there could be no other conclusion than he had taken his own life deliberately.

“He took steps to remove himself from the family home to a place where he was not likely to be found and he did what he did,” he said. “His intention was to bring his life to an end.

“It would appear what he did he did selflessly with a particular goal in mind and with love and consideration for his family and those he left behind.”

Mr Dykins was a lifelong Everton fan who had worked at Deeside Leisure Centre and Airbus.

Ms Morgan described her father was “a wonderful man”.

“He was even-tempered and always smiling and he never shouted,” she said. “He was an absolute gentleman and a marvellous taidy to his grandchildren.

“The boys adored him.”

Ms Morgan said her father had missed his late wife Lillian, who died in 2008.

“They were the funniest couple you could meet,” she said.

“They bounced off each other although mum ruled the roost.”

“I miss his sense of fun,” she said. “I miss him so badly but I’ve got wonderful memories. I couldn’t have asked for nicer parents.”

Family friends Sarah Jane Law and Caroline Jones said Mr Dykin had been “unique”.

“Everybody knew him,” said Ms Jones.

“He had so many friends. The whole of Shotton will miss him.”

As well as his daughters, he leaves sons Mark and Shaun and grandsons Dylan, Ieuan, Thomas and Billy.

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