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Saturday, 01 November 2014

Tributes to Millom dad found hanged

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘loving dad’ who battled depression for more than 20 years.

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STEPHEN HARTLEY

Stephen Hartley, 57, was found hanged in the garage of his Race Grove home, in The Hill, near Millom, last week.

Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr Hartley leaves behind daughter Alex, 28, and son, Jack, 25.

His brother, Ken Hartley, paid tribute to the keen fell walker and sailor, who had lived in the area for more than two decades.

He said: “He was a wonderful, loving dad and a very kind man who will be sadly missed by a lot of people.”

Mr Hartley was born and raised in Birmingham, eventually studying civil engineering at the city’s Aston University.

He moved to Millom to take up a position with construction firm Taylor Woodrow, before moving on to a civil engineer’s job at Sellafield.

A keen walker, he and his brother completed the near 200 mile coast-to-coast walk, from St Bees, Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, in Scarborough, eight years ago.

He was also a keen sailor and enjoyed hitting the open water alongside his close friend, the late Dr Graham Pogrel, until Dr Pogrel’s death in March last year.

Mr Hartley suffered from acute depression for the last 20 years of his life.

Ken Hartley, who serves on the Mental Health Review Tribunal Service, said: “My GP called him the smiling depressive, which was part of the problem, as very few people understand how depressed he actually was.

“When someone has acute depression, like my brother did, which lasts for more than 20 years, I acquaint it to like someone having cancer.

He fought the illness over the years but eventually it got him.

“It was his way out. He just couldn’t cope.”

He added that his brother will be remembered as being an intelligent, sociable man with a great sense of humour.

A funeral service for Mr Hartley will be held at St Anne’s Church, Thwaites, tomorrow, at 3pm.

Have your say

RIP Steve.I first met Steve in 1976 when he sat next to me in our first lecture at University, within minutes we were laughing and joking. We have been fiends all these years. He was a true gent with a fantastic sense of humour.My thoughts are with his family.

Posted by David Blyth on 12 August 2012 at 12:31

RIP Steve. A real gentleman and a genuine nice man. It was a privilege to have known and worked with Steve over many years and who was also a consummate professional in everything he did. Deepest sympathy to all his family and friends.

Posted by neil Tait on 10 August 2012 at 13:18

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