Tributes to ‘universally popular’ Exmouth father who died in tragic accident in Snowdonia

PUBLISHED: 11:55 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 18 May 2017

John Wynne, 61, from Exmouth, who died after falling during a mountain walk in North Wales

John Wynne, 61, from Exmouth, who died after falling during a mountain walk in North Wales


Tributes have been paid to a ‘beloved’ Exmouth father-of-three who died while walking in Snowdonia at the weekend.

John Wynne, 61, who helped to set up the town’s Men’s Shed, fell while walking on Tryfan Mountain on Sunday (May 14) with his daughter. The pair had climbed Snowdonia the day before.

John, who was also secretary of the Christ Church in Woodbury, was pronounced dead at Bangor Hospital.

A spokesman for the family said: “John Wynne was a beloved husband, father and brother.

“He was enjoying a weekend walking in Snowdonia with his daughter when he tragically slipped and sustained serious injuries, passing away on Sunday.

“The family is devastated and shocked by this tragic accident.

“We are incredibly grateful to the mountain rescue, coastguard ambulance service, the North Wales Police, Bangor Hospital and members of the public who helped at the scene.

“We are so thankful for all the prayers, love and support from wonderful family and friends who are also feeling such a great loss.”

Originally from Carlow, Ireland, John moved to Woodbury in 1997 before relocating to Exmouth, where he helped to create the Men’s Shed.

Peter Chalkley, project leader of Men’s Shed, said: “All of the guys here knew John very well. He was a very nice guy – very friendly.”

Professionally, Mr Wynne was head of finance at Hawksmoor Investment Management, in Exeter, where he started work in 2009 having previously worked for Exeter Investment Group.

Hawksmoor CEO John Crowley said: “We are devastated to lose such a valued and admired friend and colleague as John.

“His wise and experienced input from the very early days of Hawksmoor made a major contribution to the company’s growth. He will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to his family at their untimely loss.”

Colleagues said John, who spent most of his career working in financial services in Ireland, Bermuda and the UK, had a ‘calm and congenial approach which made him universally popular’.

He is survived by his wife Anne and children Matt, Emma and Alice.

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