Tributes paid to ‘kind and caring’ partner

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The partner of a St Helens man who died after falling down the stair has paid tribute to a “loving, caring and well-educated” man.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded at the inquest of John Pennington, who was found at the foot of the staircase at his Thatto Heath home.

The 60-year-old’s partner Yvonne Lee told the Reporter that he was an individual “who would do anything for anyone.”

Ms Lee, 60, who lived a few doors down from Mr Pennington on Elephant Lane, said the dad of two would be sorely missed in their community.

She said: “He thought the world of me and I thought the world of him, I will really miss him. He was just a very, very nice man and I’m very sorry that he died in the way he did.

“He worked for Rolls Royce in his younger days and was based over in the US for some time. He loved to read and he was well-educated and he would teach me a lot of things about subjects I had never heard of before.

“All the people in our street will miss him as well.

“He never had a bad word to say about anyone.”

The inquest at St Helens Town Hall heard that Mr Pennington had battled with alcoholism in the past and had suffered from epilepsy and depression.

He had sustained a broken spine, pathologist Dr David Barker told the court.

Ms Lee said that her partner had a fondness for animals and would often house-sit for her sister and brother-in-law’s pet dog.

She said: “I will never forget the day that some ducklings must have got out and John stopped traffic so that they would not get run over and helped them cross the road. That was the kind of man he was, very loving and thoughtful.”