Son pays trib­ute to ex-RAF pi­lot and pas­sion­ate jazz fan

Fa­ther had also um­pired for the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion dur­ing event­ful life

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

THE son of an 85-year-old man who died in Wex­ham Park Hospital last year has paid trib­ute to his RAF pi­lot fa­ther, de­scrib­ing him as a much missed and pas­sion­ate hu­man.

Mark Hut­ton was speak­ing fol­low­ing an in­quest into the death of his fa­ther Neil, from St Hu­berts Close, Ger­rards Cross, held at Read­ing Town Hall on Wed­nes­day March 23.

Mr Hut­ton said: “He started fly­ing in the RAF in the early 1950s and from that ex­pe­ri­ence he joined Bri­tish Air­ways un­til his re­tire­ment in the late 80s.

“He was pas­sion­ate about jazz. He was a di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Youth Jazz Orches­tra.

“He was keep­ing the jazz genre alive and in­tro­duced young adults to jazz.

“He was also very keen on ten­nis and um­pired some tour­na­ments for the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion.

“He has been missed by my­self and Mary Read, who has been a con­stant com­pan­ion for the past 15 years. She has helped him and has been a rock for him.”

Dur­ing the in­quest, Ms Read, Mr Hut­ton’s part­ner since his wife’s death, said to see Mr Hut­ton suf­fer­ing in hospital was ‘up­set­ting’.

She said: “He was such a fun man and to see him go through that was re­ally aw­ful. It was un­for­tu­nate that it was the end of his life, that it had to be like that, when he was such a re­mark­able man.”

The el­der Mr Hut­ton died on Oc­to­ber 4 as a re­sult of com­pli­ca­tions from a fall he suf­fered at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, where he was found ly­ing in a pool of blood on a tiled kitchen floor.

While in hospital, Mr Hut­ton’s health de­te­ri­o­rated, he de­vel­oped pneu­mo­nia and suf­fered from a ‘se­ries’ of bleeds on the brain.

Coro­ner Peter Bed­ford said: “His death was very trau­matic.”

The ‘frail’ Mr Hut­ton had suf­fered from ill health in re­cent years, in­clud­ing prostate cancer and heart dis­ease and had also had a fall in July that year.

Mr Bed­ford said the post­mortem re­sults re­vealed that Mr Hut­ton died of ‘as­pi­ra­tion pneu­mo­nia ex­plained by his in­tra cra­nial haem­or­rhage’.

Coro­ner Peter Bed­ford recorded a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death.

He said: “The fall is the trig­ger for ev­ery­thing that fol­lowed. That fall was ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture. I would ex­pect to record an ac­ci­dent as the con­clu­sion.”

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