THE devastated sons of a popular couple found dead in their Chester home have described them as ‘the best parents they could ever have had’.
Jeremy, Marcus and Quentin Laithwaite paid a heartfelt tribute to their mum and dad Jean and Paul, whose bodies were discovered by police officers on Sunday, January 17, at Deeside House, Deeside Lane, Sealand.
Mr Laithwate had been shot in the head, but toxicology tests to determine how his wife died are ongoing.
Jeremy released a statement through North Wales Police on behalf of the family saying they were in a state of ‘shock’ and ‘deep grief’.
Mr and Mrs Laithwaite, who had business interests in several companies including Deefab at Deeside Industrial Park, had been married for 41 years. Jean was an only child while Paul leaves one sister. Their six grandchildren adored ‘Niney’ and ‘Pop’.
A joint funeral took place on Friday morning at St Bartholomew’s Church, Sealand, where they were regulars.
A statement released afterwards said: “Our parents could have been one person. They rarely did anything apart. They worked, played and laughed together.
“They were completely devoted to each other and kind and generous to all. Father was the ultimate gentleman and if he could help anyone he did.
“Jean and Paul worked long hours running the business and took few breaks. They were keen on motor racing in which Quentin took part, and each year they would go sailing with a group of friends for a week. Though Paul was 64 and Jean 65, they had no intention of retiring.
“They attended the church in Sealand on a regular basis and Jean was actively involved with the Lady Taverners charity. Paul and Jean were perfect hosts and Jean could create a meal within minutes to feed any unexpected guests.
“The warmth of the welcome in their household was memorable. Paul’s love of ducks led him to create a pond in their beautiful garden. His chosen birds were so well fed that wild ducks flocked to Deeside House.
“Jean’s father had played a major role in the Laithwaites’ family life, until his death just over a year ago. He went everywhere with them, including visiting Marcus and his family in Australia during his 95th year. He, too, is sadly missed.”
Jeremy added: “The practical support, prayers and thoughtful messages of sympathy the family are receiving from their many friends will help us to adjust to life without our parents.
“We would like to express our gratitude to all.”
The couple moved to Deeside House in 1976. They were well-known in their close-knit community, and their three children were educated in the area.
North Wales Police this week reiterated they are not looking for anyone in relation to the tragic double death.