A LOVING husband and father sent texts to his friends and family before hanging himself in his garage, an inquest heard.
David Robert Winder, 45, was found by his wife and close friend at his home in Parliament Way, Great Sutton, in the early hours of Monday, February 21.
Father-of-two Mr Winder, a successful engineer who travelled extensively in his job, had no history of depression or anxiety but had been finding it difficult to sleep in the days leading up to his death, and had scheduled a doctors appointment for the Monday morning to get medication.
His heartbroken wife Alison told the inquest at Chester Magistrates Court how Mr Winder had got up in the middle of the night after complaining he could not sleep, and that she last saw him sitting at his laptop looking at a football website when she went to check on him.
Some hours later Mrs Winder was awakened by Thomas Downey, the couple’s close friend, who had driven to the house after receiving a text from Mr Winder.
The two then found him in the garage, showing no signs of life.
It was later discovered he had sent text messages to everyone in this phone book.
Mr Winder was described by his family as being ‘very sociable and had a lot of friends’.
Though he and his wife had experienced some marital difficulty, both were positive about making a fresh start, and had even arranged a family holiday.
Recording his death, Cheshire coroner Nicolas Rheinberg said that though the death was intended it had probably not been planned and was probably ‘something of an impulse’.
He had been drinking a small glass of wine, which, although not thought to be a contributing factor to his death, could have acted as a depressant.
Verdict: Death by hanging.