Mountain tragedy father and son ‘never forgotten’

Bodies confirmed as missing father and son, 12

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Police say two bodies found in Glen Coe on Wednesday evening are those of a father and son from Cheshire who went missing while hillwalking in the area.

The bodies of Tom Parry, 49, and his 12-year-old son Richie, were recovered from the mountain Stob Coire Nan Lochan.

Police Scotland said their deaths were being treated as the result of a fall.

Wife and mother Gemma Parry said her husband was a loving father, and their son Richie an energetic boy who loved quizzes, maths and sports.

Mrs Parry added: “We would like to take this chance to thank the Scottish and Cheshire police as well as the mountain rescue service along with all the other emergency services involved in finding Richie and Tom.

“We would also like to thank to thank the community of Alsager and all of our family friends who have helped us and supported us throughout this time.

“Tom and Richie will be sadly missed and never forgotten.”

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team described the pair as experienced hillwalkers.

Insp Katy Duncan of Police Scotland said: “Our thoughts remain with the Parry family at what is a very difficult time for them.

“We would like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal, to all emergency services and mountain rescue volunteers.”

Glencoe MRTGlencoe Mountain Rescue Team volunteers were involved in an extensive search operation

Mr Parry was an incident manager/controller working night-time shifts at security and risk company The Senate Group.

On Thursday, chief executive Paul Keeling said staff were in shock, and many had offered to go to Scotland to help in the search.

Mr Keeling said their “hearts went out” to Mr Parry’s wife Gemma and their other son, Joe.

He said: “Tom was a key member of our team. He was more than just a colleague – I really want to emphasise the loss to us is just immense.

“Tom was dedicated to Richie and Joe. His heart was his children.”

Mr Keeling said Mr Parry’s interest in hillwalking was well known at the company, adding that he would meticulously plan his walks.

Richie had recently joined AFC Alsager’s newly formed under-13s football team.

Mr Parry’s boss Paul Keeling said the hearts of staff went out to the family

About 45 mountain rescue volunteers were involved in the search for Mr Parry and his son.

This included 15 members of the Glencoe team, along with members of the neighbouring Lochaber team and mountain rescuers from Keswick, Langdale Ambleside and Cockermouth who were training in the area.

A coastguard helicopter from Prestwick, Ayrshire, was also involved.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team said the bodies were found by teams on foot.

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