Son pays tribute to ex-RAF pilot and passionate jazz fan
Father had also umpired for the Lawn Tennis Association during eventful life
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.”