Tributes have been paid to a North Wales care home operator who is believed to have died by suicide.
Sixty-one year old Vernon Hough, who ran Gwastad Hall Nursing Home for 40 residents with his wife Louise, was found in his car at a police station one mile from his care home, the Metro reported. A post mortem recorded the provisional cause of death as a gunshot injury to the head.
A tribute on the home’s Facebook page read: “We all here at Gwastad Hall would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of support. Today we have planted this tree in memory of a special man who will forever be in our hearts.”
Mr Hough, who was described as a “special man”, was a grandfather and father of four. He was known for his love of caring for his residents and was described as a “surrogate father” to many of them.
His obituary said: “He will be greatly missed by more than he ever thought.”
His family have asked mourners to plant flowers in his memory outside the care home and are also accepting donations to residents and staff.
North Wales Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.