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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Father’s heartbreak at loss of his son

A FATHER has spoken of the heartbreaking moment he found his son dead at home.

Tony Murning of Lonsdale Road, Millom, found his son, Tommy, who lived with him, dead last week.

Mr Murning Snr had been out on the morning of February 21, and when he returned home his son had failed to get up for work.

Mr Murning said his son’s television was playing and when he went to investigate he couldn’t wake his son.

Mr Murning Jnr, 40, was a process worker at Sellafield and a well-known character in the town.

He was known for his love of Las Vegas, where he was due to visit in summer, and Manchester United – a team he had supported since his youth.

Mr Murning Jnr had even rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ryan Giggs at a fans’ event.

Mr Murning Snr said: “He was at work on Monday.

“I went out early on Tuesday morning and I came home and his TV was going.

“I couldn’t wake him – I was very shocked.”

Mr Murning, a father of four, said the family were saddened by his passing, and said his son was a loving uncle and father.

Mr Murning said: “I’d say he was my best lad.

“He was good at school, he was good at everything when he was a kid.

“My best memory of him is watching him play in those football matches in the school teams. He was a forward – he got a few goals.”

Mr Murning Jnr was involved in a serious road accident in the late-1980s which left him badly injured – Mr Murning said it was a ‘miracle’ his son pulled through.

He underwent brain surgery twice but against the odds returned to work.

Before the accident, Mr Murning Jnr had been a keen sportsman and played for Millom School and Millom AFC.

His father said: “He did very well after the accident but he lost his balance.

“He knew he couldn’t play football any more – it broke his heart but even then he didn’t get down about it.

“He had done marvellously to get back to work after that accident. We thought he’d never come back.

“But we got him back and back to work – Sellafield were very good to him.”

Mr Murning’s funeral was due to take place at 11.30am today in St James’ Roman Catholic Church in Millom. Mourners were set to follow the coffin from his house to the church.

He is also survived by his brother Johnny, sisters Toni and Julie and his daughter Ella.

It has not yet been established how Mr Murning died, and an inquest is set to take place at a later date.

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