A NESTON man killed himself on his mother's birthday after taking a cocktail of drink and prescribed drugs.
David Arthur Lyon, 45, of Raby Park Road, had been devastated by his mum's death in 1997 and continued to carry a photograph of her wherever he went.
Cheshire's assistant deputy coroner, Dr Robert Hunter, concluded it 'may be significant' that Mr Lyon decided to take his own life on her birthday.
Mr Lyon's fianceé Helen Richardson found his body on the settee at their home on December 9 last year, with a note left on the side in the kitchen.
There was an empty bottle of vodka and an empty bottle of painkillers which Mr Lyon had got from his doctor, ostensibly for an old injury.
The evening before he'd cooked her a candle-lit meal and said 'I love you' after kissing her on her head.
But later on Mr Lyon, an electrical engineer whom she was due to marry next year, reported feeling unwell and lay under a duvet on the settee.
Then, when it was time to go to bed, he said he wanted to stay downstairs.
When Miss Richardson came downstairs the next morning, she initially didn't realise anything was wrong.
She told the Chester hearing: 'He was lying on the settee and I asked if he wanted a cup of tea. He ignored me. I said what's the matter? I really shook him and then I phoned an ambulance.'
A post-mortem examination revealed high levels of alcohol and the painkiller dihydrocodeine in his blood.
She said of Mr Lyon's adoration for his late mum: 'He loved the bones of her.
'He spoke about her all the time and had a picture of her in the lounge. He took it everywhere. He was very proud.'
Robert Lyon said he was aware his brother's drinking was a problem in the late 1970s. He said his brother would have a drink on waking and continue to drink throughout the day.
And he recalled his brother being upset over the death of their mum, and acknowledged his sibling became 'more depressed and emotional' around anniversaries connected with her.
Dr Hunter said the cause of death was dihydrocodeine and alcohol toxicity, adding he was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Lyon did intend to take his own life.