Victims of the Tunisia massacre


Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Tributes have been paid to the British and Irish citizens who were gunned down as they relaxed on holiday in Tunisia.

The confirmed British victims are:

:: Patrick Evans, believed to be aged 78, his son Adrian, and his 19-year-old grandson Joel Richards. Joel’s brother Owen, 16, survived the attack.

Adrian Evans worked for Sandwell Council in the West Midlands as a manager in the gas services department. Council leader Darren Cooper said he was a “very popular and long-serving employee”, adding: “We are absolutely devastated for Adrian’s family, friends and colleagues, and our thoughts are with them and all those affected by this tragedy.”

Joel, believed to be a student at the University of Worcester, was described as “a young, talented referee with the world at his feet” by the Birmingham County FA.

Birmingham-based Gaelic football club James Connolly’s GFC also paid tribute to an ”exceptionally talented footballer”.

The University of Worcester’s vice chancellor and chief executive, Professor David Green, said: “Our whole university community has been shocked by these tragic reports.

“At Worcester Joel has shown himself to be a highly intelligent, talented young man and an all-round outstanding person with a truly bright future ahead. Since joining the university, he has become very popular with his fellow students, team-mates and with the many staff that have taught him throughout his time with us.”

Walsall FC changed the main image on its social media accounts to a photograph showing the trio outside Wembley Stadium at the Saddlers’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final appearance three months ago.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the club said: “Walsall FC are devastated to hear that Saddlers fans lost their lives in the Tunisia terror attacks. Our thoughts are with the family of Patrick Evans, Adrian Evans and Joel Richards.

“The club offer its full support to the families at this tragic time.”

:: Trudy Jones, of Blackwood in Gwent, south Wales, was described by her family as “our beautiful mother”. Ms Jones was a 51-year-old divorced single mother-of-four and had been on holiday with her friends.

In a statement released through Gwent Police, her family said: “Our mother of all people didn’t deserve this, such a caring person who put everyone else before herself.

“Always willing to help others, she loved everyone around her including all of the people she cared for at work.

“She’ll be missed by so many people. She was the rock of our family and kept us all going. None of us have a clue how we’re going to cope without her.

“We are all devastated and would appreciate if everyone can respect our privacy. Please leave us to grieve our beautiful mother.”

Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.”

:: Bruce Wilkinson, 72, from Goole, East Yorkshire, was among the dead. His family issued a statement through local MP Andrew Percy paying tribute to the grandfather, reported to have been a retired power station worker.

They said: “We are devastated at the loss of Bruce, who was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

“Bruce was a loving family man, and in his working life worked to support the care of others. He was a kind and compassionate man, with a dry sense of humour. He was fun-loving, and will be deeply missed by friends and family alike.”

:: Lisa Burbidge, a grandmother from Whickham, Gateshead.

Ms Burbidge’s family paid tribute to the “most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives”.

They said: “We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts.

“She leaves behind many family members including four fantastic grandchildren who were her world and will miss her tremendously.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences but now would ask that we are left to grieve privately to come to terms with our sad loss.”

Her granddaughter Chloe Thompson left a tribute on the Newcastle Chronicle’s Facebook page, saying: “My angel, my best friend, love you always grandma, rest in peace.”

:: Fashion blogger Carly Lovett, 24, from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

In a statement, the fiance and immediate family of Ms Lovett said they were praying that the “evil” seen in Tunisia would end to spare others the heartbreak they have experienced.

The statement was issued through Lincolnshire Police on behalf of Carly’s parents, Joanne and Kev, her fiance Liam, sister Jordan, brother Daniel, stepfather John, stepmother Tracey, and stepbrothers Simon and Max.

:: Former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are reported to have been killed in the attack. The family of the couple, from Blackpool, Lancashire, appealed for information about their whereabouts.

Birmingham City FC said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of former player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine in the Tunisian terrorist attack.

“Our thoughts are with Denis’ family. The club also offers its condolences to all who are mourning loved ones due to this atrocity.”

:: Philip Heathcote, 52, who flew to Tunisia with his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary, has been confirmed dead, his family said.

Mr Heathcote, who lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, and was originally from Manchester, had been missing feared dead since Friday.

His wife, Allison Heathcote, 48, is in an induced coma after also being shot while on the beach at Sousse and her family has flown out to be with her.

:: Engineer Stephen Mellor, from Bodmin in Cornwall, was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl on the beach. The nurse told the Mirror: “I was screaming at people to check him and someone looked and they said he had no pulse. They said he was gone.”

A neighbour close to their home in Cornwall, who asked not to be identified, said: “I knew them both through my kids. We have lived here for three years and knew them to talk to, we would always wave and say hello to each other.

“I only found out about what happened to them when a reporter knocked at my door and told me. I can’t believe it has happened, and happened to them. It brings it all back home.”

:: Couple Sue Davey and Scott Chalkley were on holiday together in Sousse. Ms Davey’s son Conor Fulford, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, reported that she had died.

He tweeted: “Hi Everyone, Sorry to tell you we lost my mother Sue Davey but I want to thank everybody that tried to help me & my family.”

Mr Chalkley’s son Ross Naylor had described his father as a “loving, typical bloke”.

Mr Naylor, from Derby, said: “Me and Brad lost our Dad, unfortunately he was caught up in the sickening attacks in Tunisia and is no longer with us.”

Severn Trent Water, for whom Ms Davey and Mr Chalkley worked, paid tribute to them.

A spokeswoman said: “They were much loved by their colleagues. Sue and Scott had a passion to help others however they could, they cared enormously for all those they worked with and were totally committed to our customers and our company.

“We will miss them deeply. Both Sue and Scott have family and friends at Severn Trent, our thoughts are with each of them and all those that hold them dear.”

:: Claire Windass from Hull.

Karl Turner, MP for East Hull tweeted: ” S o sorry Claire Windass from Hull was killed in Tunisia terrorist attack. My thoughts with family & friends. RIP.”

Mrs Windass was reported to have been on holiday with her husband Jim, who is understood to have survived the attack.

:: Jim and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire.

The couple’s minister from Cumbernauld Abronhill Church of Scotland paid tribute to them, saying they had a close family and would be sorely missed.

Mr McQuire was a captain in the Boys’ Brigade and a number of tributes were posted on social media on behalf of other brigades.

:: Stuart Cullen, 52, from the Lowestoft area of Suffolk, is believed to have died instantly. His wife, who was with him, was injured but survived and has returned to the UK.

The confirmed Irish victims are:

:: Lorna Carty, an Irish mother of two from Robinstown, Co Meath. Bishop of Meath Michael Smith paid tribute to Mrs Carty. He said she was the victim of a “senseless killing”.

He said: “Lorna worked here in Navan in one of the medical centres and is known to, and loved by, very many people.

“The brutal circumstances of Lorna’s death are sadly becoming more frequent.”

He added: “We extend our sympathy and our prayers to Lorna’s husband Declan, to her children Simon and Hazel and extended family and friends.”

:: Husband and wife Laurence and Martina Hayes, both aged in their 50s, from the town of Athlone in Co Westmeath.

Mr Hayes was a schools transport inspector who had worked for transport company Bus Eireann for the last 20 years. A company spokeswoman said Mr Hayes was “highly regarded on both a personal and professional level, by all his colleagues at Bus Eireann”.

Co Westmeath GAA tweeted a message of condolence to the family: “Sincere sympathy to the Hayes family (from) Athlone who suffered their tragic losses in the terror shooting in Tunisia.”

Published: Tuesday 30th June 2015 by The News Editor

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