THE family of married couple Paul and Jean Laithwaite, who were found dead in their home in Deeside Lane, Sealand, have paid tribute to them.
They released a statement through North Wales Police today saying they were in a state of ‘shock’ and ‘deep grief’.
Police discovered their bodies on the evening of Sunday, January 17.
A post-mortem examination revealed Paul Laithwaite, 64, died of a gun shot wound to the head. It is not yet clear how his wife died.
The pair had been married for 41 years, and their sons Marcus, Jeremy and Quentin described them as ‘the best parents they could ever want’.
Jean, 65, was an only child while Paul leaves one sister. Their six grandchildren adored ‘Niney and Pop’.
Originally from the North West, the couple moved to Deeside House in 1976.
Their three children were educated in the area and the Laithwaite family is well-known within the close-knit Flintshire community.
Jeremy, speaking on behalf of the family, 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.”
He said they worked long hours running the business Deefab, based on Deeside Industrial Park, took few breaks and had ‘no intention of retiring’.
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.
“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.
“The practical support, prayers and thoughtful messages of sympathy the family are receiving from their many friends will help them to adjust to life without their parents.”