A FAMILY man who hanged himself the morning after returning from a holiday had kept financial problems secret.
Operations director Neville Holdsworth, 54, of Fir Tree Avenue, Westminster Park, Chester, had hidden large debts from his wife Sylvia and hanged himself at home on Saturday, February 14.
Speaking at an inquest at Trident House, Chester, widow Sylvia Holdsworth said: “We had returned from holiday the previous evening. He was fine, normal, there was nothing I was aware of that was troubling him.
“That morning I was going through the washing and taking some presents to the grandchildren. He said he was going to sort out some bills but I should go on. I did a bit of shopping on the way back. He said ‘give the boys a kiss for me’.
“When I came in I shouted him but he wasn’t there so I had a look outside. I thought he might be upstairs so I went upstairs and found him.”
Attempts to resuscitate Mr Holdsworth by paramedics failed and he was pronounced dead.
“There were debts we weren’t aware of while he was alive,” added Mrs Holdsworth. “I think he would have been concerned about the amount of debt and angry at himself.”
Delivering a narrative verdict, assistant deputy coroner for Cheshire Jean Harkin said: “Mr Holdsworth took his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.”