Family pays tribute to ‘gentle soul’ after suspicious death in Wickford care home

The family of a man who died under suspicious circumstances in a Wickford care home earlier this week have paid tribute to a “gentle soul”.

Harry Hennessy, 60, died at Longcroft care home on Swan Lane on Thursday 2 July.

In a statement, his siblings celebrated his happy life at the home, saying:

“As family, we need to express who our brother Harry was – and still is within our hearts: he was a gentle soul who had a difficult life due to his illness associated with mental health.

“He knew he was not blessed with the same abilities as others, but he worked hard to be accepted into society. He made sure to treat everyone as they should be treated – with kindness and understanding. He had so much love and compassion to give to those he knew.

“His last three years at Longcroft were the best of his life. He was cared for by their wonderful team, who worked extremely hard to gain his trust and to allow Harry to become the person he really was meant to be. All without prejudice or fear, just patience and love.

“In Harry’s life, we have one regret – that Harry was not living at Longcroft years ago, because what they achieved with Harry was to give him a fulfilling life, a wonderful home and love. It is with great sadness that this was taken away too soon.”

Jay Turner, 43, of Swan Lane, Wickford appeared in court at the weekend charged with Harry’s murder.

He will next appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday July 7.

The results of further post-mortem are awaited to determine the exact cause of Harry’s death.


Mick Ferris

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