A former butcher found hanged in his Newmarket home was a “dear friend and colleague” who will be missed by many in the town.
George Fitzpatrick, known as Fred, hanged himself at his Vincent Close home on July 6, an inquest sitting in Bury St Edmunds heard on Monday.
Assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone told the inquest how the 66 year old had recently been worried about money and had suffered health problems including a severe asthma attack.
The inquest heard Mr Fitzpatrick had taken three collections of waste to be recycled and spent time with his partner, Sue, before he died.
Dr Sharpstone said a neighbour had heard a crashing sound in his home “like someone moving furniture” before police were called to the property.
A report by John Durrant, of charity Newmarket Open Door, where Mr Fitzpatrick worked as a driver after his retirement, was read out at the inquest.
The statement said: “Fred was a Newmarket person all his life.
“His customer skills were very high and he also acted as a councillor in the cab.
“He loved sport, particularly golf, until his knees betrayed him.
“He was an independent and fiercely private man who would have dreaded being helped.
“He was a dear friend and colleague and many Newmarket people will miss him.”
A post mortem found the cause of death was hanging.
Dr Sharpstone recorded a verdict that Mr Fitzpatrick took his own life.