Further tributes paid to tragedy grandfather Ronald Bamlett, from Coulby Newham (From The Northern Echo)
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Further tributes paid to tragedy grandfather Ronald Bamlett, from Coulby Newham
FURTHER tributes have been paid to a heartbroken grandfather who is understood to have taken his own life by setting himself on fire.
The body of 74-year-old Ronald Bamlett was found in his burning Toyota Yaris, in Hutton Rudby, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, on Tuesday (September 17).
Mr Bamlett, of Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, had been unable to come to terms with the loss of his ten-year-old grandson, William Cressey, of Hurworth Place, near Darlington, in 2005.
Since William’s death from meningitis, his mother Cheryl has pursued the clinicians she feels let her son down by failing to diagnose his condition before it was too late.
Mrs Cressey told how her father laid 12 red roses at William’s grave, before driving to Hutton Rudby, where the tragic youngster had once lived.
Yesterday (September 20), neighbours in Longhirst, Coulby Newham, where Mr Bamlett lived, described the retired foreman welder as pleasant and well-liked.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Everybody knew him and he would talk to anyone. He used to tell me about trips he had been on in Yorkshire, he used to like buying bits and pieces at salerooms, then selling them on.
“Ron was a pleasant bloke, well-known on the estate. I am sorry he has gone, I used to enjoy bumping into him and having a natter, putting the world to rights.”
The neighbour lives in the same type of one-bedroomed warden-controlled flat that Mr Bamlett occupied.
He said police had rushed to Mr Bamlett’s flat on Tuesday evening and had spent much of the time since in and out of the property, as well as interviewing neighbours.
Officers from North Yorkshire Police are continuing to investigate Mr Bamlett’s death, although it is understood that is not being treated as suspicious.
An inquest into the tragedy is expected to be opened and adjourned next week.
Meanwhile, users of a social networking site have reacted with horror to the circumstances of Mr Bamlett’s death.
On Thursday evening, voluntary organisation Incidents on Teesside posted on its Facebook page a link to The Northern Echo’s online report of Mr Bamlett’s death.
Within hours, dozens of people had left messages of condolence.
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