Family of Downham Market man who drowned pay tribute to “happy go lucky” and “larger than life” character

Terence Brazier ANL-151020-132548001
Terence Brazier ANL-151020-132548001
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The family of a Downham Market man who drowned in a river, concede they will “never really know” what happened following the inquest into his death.

Terence ‘Terry’ Brazier, a 79-year-old resident at the Wade Wright Court facility in Priory Road, was found in the River Great Ouse near to the Heygates Flour Mill on August 31.

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133856009

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133856009

The inquest into the death of Mr Brazier concluded on Monday in King’s Lynn, with assistant coroner Johanna Thompson recording an open conclusion, with the medical cause of death as drowning.

The inquest heard Ken Spooner, building manager at Wade Wright Court, had not seen Mr Brazier since August 27. The court was told he could hear his television from his room from the corridor, but could not find Mr Brazier when he went into his room.

After calling family, who confirmed they were not with Mr Brazier, Mr Spooner contacted the police.

His body was discovered by Timothy Boydon whilst out on one of his “regular” walks, at about 10.40am.

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133929009

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133929009

Ms Thompson said there was not enough evidence to suggest it was either an accident or suicide.

Although a note was found written by Mr Brazier, Ms Thompson said it was not clear when or in what context it had been written.

The court heard PC Richard Allan had speculated Mr Brazier may have fallen into the river while out walking, possibly having spotting something and, out of curiosity, wandered closer to the riverbank for further inspection.

Mr Brazier had been suffering from dizzy spells and tinnitus in recent weeks, and have a heart valve replacement operation in the past year. But PC Allan said his theory was “pure speculation” which was “not evidential, but plausible”.

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133907009

General view opposite Heygates Flour Mill where a body has been found in the river ANL-150831-133907009

A statement on behalf of the family read:“We are desolate that he came to be in the river and after this inquest, have to accept that we will never really know what happened.

“What we do know thought is that Terry Brazier was a well-loved man who lived life to the full and we take as much comfort as we can from the fact that he is now at peace.

“We ask anyone that knew him to remember the good times as he would have wanted.”

Born in Muswell Hill, North London, Mr Brazier was married for nearly 40 years with his wife passing away after a short illness in 1995.

Mr Brazier, described as a “happy go lucky man” and a “larger than life character” was a life-long Tottenham Hotspur supporter, and had worked as an aviation insurance broker in the City of London, and became a company director of a specialist aviation firm, as well as a member of Lloyds of London.

A keen fundraiser to help the RNLi and Sue Ryder, he leaves three children and five grandchildren.