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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Mum’s tribute to son after swim tragedy

A former Wigton woman has paid tribute to her son who died while doing an endurance swim in the English Channel.

Jonathan Park Joyce photo
Jonathan Park Joyce

Company director Jonathan Park Joyce, 41, a wild swimming enthusiast, died after being airlifted to hospital after getting into difficulties swimming off Salcombe in Devon last month.

Jonathan’s mother Denise, 66, is originally from Wigton while his father Peter, also 66, is from Silloth. He has a younger sister Lisa.

He leaves two children, Janus and Finn, in Ashburton, Devon.

Jonathan was co-founder and director of the Edinburgh-based web company Storm ID which he set up in 2001 and a member of the Outdoor Swimming Society.

The Joyce family moved to London shortly before Jonathan was born but he still had family in the area – cousin Alison Vailionis, from Abbeytown, aunt Joyce Joyce, from Pelutho, near Silloth, and second cousin Tony Morrison from Wigton.

Mrs Joyce, whose family used to own Park’s shoe shop in Wigton, said: “Jonathan used to go up to Cumbria as much as possible when he was younger to visit family.

“You have just got to read |the obituaries to see how liked he was. He did a lot of travelling and was keen on rugby. He was the perfect son, just brilliant, a lovely lad. It was all just a shock.

“The funeral [last Friday] was the most amazing day, it was packed. He touched an awful lot of people.”

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