HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to an Emsworth man who was found hanged in woodland.
Philip Haddow, 53, of Spencer Road, was discovered dead in woodland off Marlpit Lane, Hambrook, near Emsworth, on July 9.
An inquest into his death at Chichester Magistrates’ Court heard Mr Haddow, a self-employed bricklayer, had become increasingly upset about family matters and was still distressed following the death of a close friend a few weeks previously.
His sister Glynis Southall told the coroner: ‘Phil was a happy-go-lucky, cheeky character.
‘He was full of life and so loved by his family and friends and by all those who knew of him.
‘I remember his lovely smile. He was known as Irish, that was his nickname. He was a lovely man.
‘He just didn’t want to be lonely.’
The inquest heard Mr Haddow had struggled to cope with the deaths of both of his parents.
Mr Haddow, who had lived in Emsworth for most of his life, had left a number of notes to family members.
Michael Kendall, assistant coroner, said the evidence made it clear that the act of hanging was deliberate and he did intend to die.
The verdict was suicide.