Jack a 'lovely boy'

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

AN Exmouth mother and father have paid tribute to their popular, thoughtful, lovely boy" found dead last week, aged just 22. Ceramic tiler Jack Skinner was found hanged at his father's engineering workshop in Victoria Way last week. His dad Martyn, who

AN Exmouth mother and father have paid tribute to their "popular, thoughtful, lovely boy" found dead last week, aged just 22.Ceramic tiler Jack Skinner was found hanged at his father's engineering workshop in Victoria Way last week. His dad Martyn, who discovered his son, said the family and friends were left "devastated".Mum Sandra, who is divorced from Mr Skinner, said the family - including Jack's siblings, Rachel, 20, Thomas, 13, and Christopher, 11 - had been shocked by the death.The 22-year-old had been diagnosed as suffering from anxiety last year, but mental health doctors said the condition was nothing severe. "He was a lovely boy, but with a troubled mind. He never opened up and kept things to himself. We are heartbroken," said Mrs Skinner, of Maple Drive, Brixington."I have two younger boys and they are keeping me going, and we have been overwhelmed by cards and messages. We would like to thank everyone for all the amazing support."Mrs Skinner, a kitchen assistant at St Peter's Prep School, said Jack loved working for his uncles, Chubb and Simon, at their tiling companies, and was often "out and about" in town.Described as a "brilliant" worker by his father, Jack had made friends across Exmouth, Budleigh and the county through his work."Jack was a popular member of a large, old Exmouth family," said Mr Skinner, 47, of Lawn Road, Exmouth. "He was very, very popular, and a brilliant tiler. We remember him as a lovely, caring, meticulous boy who loved to help other people."I am trying to comfort Sandra and we are there for our other children. My brothers have been a tower of strength, but the family is devastated."Mr Skinner said the family's thoughts were also with Jack's girlfriend, Kensie. He said the pair had been devoted to one another and rarely left each other's side.Jack was well-known at Withycombe Rugby Club, where his uncles used to play. The youngster had a passion for cars, motorbikes and deep-sea fishing with his family.Both parents said Jack had been affected by the death of friend Kyle Conway. The Lympstone 17-year-old died when his car crashed into a wall in Courtlands Lane in 2005.

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