Thursday 23 November 2017

'Outstanding' Irish dad (61) died after falling on Welsh mountain

John Wynne Photo: Hawksmoor
John Wynne Photo: Hawksmoor
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Tributes have poured in for an Irish dad-of-three who died after falling on a Welsh mountain last Sunday.

John Wynne (61), originally from Carlow, was walking in the Snowdonia mountains with his daughter when they took a wrong turn.

Mr Wynne slipped down a deep narrow valley and fell approximately 200 feet.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was called out and the Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter flew to the scene.

According to local media, a climber who was nearby and witnessed the walker’s fall tried to resuscitate him, and also consoled Mr Wynne’s daughter.

Mr Wynne was living in Exmouth, Devon in the UK when the tragedy occurred.

In a statement, his family said: "John Wynne, an Exmouth man, aged 61, originally from Carlow, Ireland, adored his family and was a beloved husband, father and brother.

"He was enjoying a weekend walking in Snowdonia with his daughter when he tragically slipped and sustained serious injuries, passing away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The family is devastated and shocked by this tragic accident.

"We are incredibly grateful to the Mountain Rescue, Coast Guard Ambulance Service, the North Wales Police, Bangor hospital and members of the public who helped at the scene. We are so thankful for all the prayers, love and support from wonderful family and friends who are also feeling such a great loss."

Mr Wynne was a finance director at Hawksmoor investment management in Devon since 2009.

Hawksmoor CEO John Crowley said:

"Everyone at Hawksmoor is very shocked and sad to learn of the untimely death of John Wynne, our Head of Finance, who was killed on Sunday in a walking accident in Snowdonia.

"John was an outstanding colleague and friend, whose calm and congenial approach made him universally popular.  He began working with Hawksmoor as financial controller in 2009 and became a director of Hawksmoor Investment Management in 2014. A qualified Chartered Accountant, John spent most of his professional career working in financial services in Ireland, Bermuda and the UK.

"As well as working for a variety of local and national clients, John was also a director of a local charity and was on the leadership team of Christ Church Woodbury, near Exeter. He is survived by his wife and three children.

"John Crowley, Hawksmoor’s CEO said “we are devastated to lose such a valued and admired friend and colleague as John.  His wise and experienced input from the very early days of Hawksmoor made a major contribution to the Company’s growth.  He will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to his family at their untimely loss”.

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