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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Tributes to Cumbrian man who fell through roof

Tributes have been paid to a Workington family man who died after falling through a shed roof.

Father-of-two Andrew Mark Watson, 41, of Lucy Close Farm, Winscales, was found dead in an outdoor shed at his farm last Thursday.

There were no suspicious circumstances, but the Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation.

Mr Watson, who kept cows and sheep, was married to Alison and had two children, Courtney and Keiran.

Friends and members of the farming community paid tribute to him.

John Bowe, 64, of Hunday Farm, Winscales, who had known Andrew and his family for 36 years, said: “He was a good lad and a hard worker. If I asked him for anything he was always willing. He was very close to his family.”

Alan Smith, of Kelmore Hill Farm, Distington, a friend of Mr Watson’s parents John and Elizabeth, said: “They are a hard-working family. It’s a tragic loss for his wife, two children and parents.”

David Reed, 62, of Low Scaw Farm, High Harrington, who had known him since he was 12, said: “He was an excellent lad, a hard-working gentleman. It was a very sad event.”

Mr Watson was a former pupil of Cockermouth School.

A school spokeswoman said: “We were very sorry to hear of the death of Andrew and send our condolences to his family.”

Mrs Watson used to run Al’s Toys, in Cockermouth, one of the shops badly affected by the 2009 floods.

The couple were members of Branthwaite and District First Responders and volunteered when the group was set up in 2002.

Team leader Jennifer Shaw said: “He would do anything for anybody.”

An inquest was opened on Wednesday and adjourned until June 21.

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