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Rose was a de­voted lov­ing wife, mother and grand­mother

MP’s trib­ute af­ter in­quest sui­cide ver­dict

- By Chris Riches

GRIEV­ING Tory MP Owen Pater­son has paid trib­ute to his wife Rose af­ter a coro­ner ruled she took her own life.

For­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter Mr Pater­son said his fam­ily were strug­gling to come to terms with the loss of the “de­voted, lov­ing wife, mother and grand­mother”.

And he praised his wife’s con­tri­bu­tions to horse rac­ing, char­ity and the arts – cir­cles where she was greatly ad­mired.

An in­quest was told Mrs Pater­son, the chair­woman of Ain­tree race­course, was found dead by a po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a search of woods near her home early on June 24. She was 63.

The hear­ing was told she had made in­ter­net searches re­lated to sui­cide in pre­ced­ing weeks.

Mrs Pater­son, the daugh­ter of the fourth Vis­count Ri­d­ley, be­came a direc­tor at Ain­tree in 2005 and its chair­woman in 2014.

She also served as a mem­ber of The Jockey Club’s main board of stew­ards and as a Deputy Lieu­tenant of Shrop­shire.

In a state­ment read to the in­quest, North Shrop­shire MP Mr Pater­son, who at­tended the hear­ing by video- link, said his wife had been due to re­motely chair an Ain­tree board meet­ing on the day she was found dead.

The hear­ing was told Mr Pater­son rang 999 af­ter his wife did not an­swer four phone calls. The fam­ily feared she had fallen ill and could not sum­mon help.

She left no note at home near Ellesmere, Shrop­shire. Se­nior Coro­ner John Ellery recorded a con­clu­sion of sui­cide, say­ing her in­ten­tions had been es­tab­lished.

In a state­ment later, for­mer North­ern Ire­land sec­re­tary Mr Pater­son, 64, said: “Rose will be re­mem­bered as a de­voted, lov­ing wife, mother and grand­mother as well as a suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sional in her var­ied ca­reers in the arts, char­ity and rac­ing.”

Mr Pater­son said he now planned to be­come more in­volved in sui­cide pre­ven­tion, hop­ing to pre­vent other fam­i­lies en­dur­ing the same an­guish.

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 ?? Pic­tures: PA, REX ?? Rose at the races and with Owen, her politi­cian hus­band
Pic­tures: PA, REX Rose at the races and with Owen, her politi­cian hus­band

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