Tributes paid to "much-loved" and "very clever" son, brother and colleague from Northampton

"He was known by staff, volunteers and members for his humility, diligence, intellect, and wit, and for always putting the needs of others before his own"

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 5:58 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 10:10 pm

Tributes have been paid to a "much-loved" 36-year-old Northampton man who was found dead at his flat in Semilong.

Daniel Ward was found by his father and colleague after taking his own life on July 30 last year.

An inquest into his death, which was held in Northampton on Wednesday (April 7), heard how Mr Ward had been struggling with mental health issues and alcohol dependency over the last 15 years.

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The inquest heard that in July 2020 Mr Ward stopped taking medication and said it was a mistake because lockdown was damaging his mental health.

Mr Ward's father, David, said in a statement that his son was a "very clever boy" and was "always there" for him.

The statement read: "He was born in Hemel Hempstead and went to Watford Grammar School. He was a member of the rugby team and had a close group of friends who helped each other with homework.

"He was a very clever boy and got As and A*s at A-Level. He went on to study English Literature at Warwick University and later taught English as a foreign language in Japan for three years where he was very happy.

"Nothing was ever too much hassle for my son. He was always there when I needed him and offered me support when I needed it."

Mr Ward also worked at Bridge for five years, a substance misuse programme based in Gold Street.

A Bridge spokesperson said: "Dan was a special member of the Bridge team who supported many members in countless ways. He was known by staff, volunteers and members for his humility, diligence, intellect, and wit, and for always putting the needs of others before his own.

"Dan continually went above and beyond to help others. He was an asset to the Bridge community, deeply loved by colleagues and members alike and is sorely missed."

Mr Ward's colleagues at Bridge also said in a statement at the inquest: "It was an honour to know Dan. He touched so many and was loved by so many.

"Dan would do anything for anyone. Almost every Friday he would let his fry up go cold because there was someone in need."

Coroner Anne Pember said: "[Mr Ward] clearly had struggled with his mental health. I believe when he was feeling low and depressed he made a decision he no longer wished to live."

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide.