Family blindsided by suicide of ‘perfect’ son who had ‘shown no signs of distress’

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A “perfect son” who took his own life had “shown no signs of distress”, his devastated family has said.

Gruffydd Lloyd Parry, 26, died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound and was pronounced dead at the family farm in the early hours of February 11.

His father Bryn became concerned for the welfare of Gruffydd, also known as Gruff, the night before, when he could not be located after supper.

Bryn contacted police after discovering a rifle, one of two firearms kept at the farm in Pentrecelyn, near Ruthin, was missing, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

Officers attended and the body of Mr Parry was found. A post-mortem examination found no drugs or alcohol in his system and gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound.

No note was left, but Coroner for North Wales East and Central, John Gittins, recorded a conclusion of suicide, saying Mr Parry’s intention was clear.

At the inquest, his devastated family said there was no indication Mr Parry, who sang in a local choir, was unhappy, or intended to take his own life.

His mother Carys urged young men feeling depressed to get help and talk to someone.

Mrs Parry told NorthWalesLive : “He was just the perfect son and was just so happy.

“I feel that if it could happen to him, it could happen to anybody. We didn’t see any signs.”

Offering his condolences to the family, Mr Gittins echoed the importance of anybody feeling down to seek help and get support.

Since Mr Parry’s death, more than £7,000 has been donated to the DPJ Foundation in his memory.

It was set up by Emma Picton-Jones after her husband took his own life in 2016 and promises to use every penny donated to support those in Welsh farming communities.

After Mr Parry’s death, the grieving family paid a lengthy and heartfelt tribute to him which said they wanted people to know a little about “the most perfect son and brother you could ever wish for.”

They said: “Most of all he was a loving son and brother which we miss every day.

“He was always smiling and joking. His two sisters adored him. Even though he was their little brother he was the one who looked after them.

“He had a lot of friends – more than we ever knew and it has been lovely to hear all their stories about him this last nine weeks – we have learnt a lot.”

The family added: “Because of his outgoing personality, his constant teasing and joking and his visible enjoyment of life, we are in complete disbelief that he took his own life.

“We are absolutely devastated and still cannot believe that this has happened to him.”