'Devoted' couple found dead outside block of flats in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Elderly couple found dead at the bottom of block of flats in Bournemouth Elderly couple found dead at the bottom of block of flats in Bournemouth

A “DEVOTED” elderly couple have been found dead in the gardens of their Bournemouth home.

The bodies of the man and woman, named locally as Roy and Glenys Smith, were found outside a block of flats in Manor Road around 8.30am on Tuesday.

It is believed they fell from their second-floor balcony, located on the third storey of the building.

The grim discovery was made by an assistant caretaker at the property, Crag Head, which houses 96 flats.

Vivian Phillips, who is on the building’s board of management, said residents had been left upset and shaken following the incident.

“They were a very well-liked couple indeed,” he said.

“They have been living here for a long time – quite a few years.

“The lady was in her 80s, and he was in his 90s, and they were well thought-of here.

“They were absolutely devoted to each other.”

Mr Phillips said the deaths of the couple, who had two sons and grandchildren living in Dorset, was “a great shock to everyone”.

He said: “Up until last summer, you would see them together going for a walk.

“But recently, very unfortun-ately, they were more or less housebound. It is very sad indeed.”

The couple are believed to have originally come from Wales, and were said by one resident to have been “frail”.

Ward councillor Anne Filer said: “I’d like to send my deepest condolences to the family of the couple.

“It’s absolutely horrendous news and I’m very sad indeed to hear it.”

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said: “Officers were called at around 8.30am on Tuesday, December 3 2013, to a report of a man and a woman aged in their eighties and nineties having been found deceased outside a block of flats along Manor Road in Bournemouth.

“Officers attended along with an ambulance crew.

“There are no suspicious circumstances and the coroner has been made aware. Next of kin have been informed.”

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4:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

How sad is that!
How sad is that! suzigirl

5:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

That is extra sad,especially at this time of the year.
That is extra sad,especially at this time of the year. pete woodley

6:27pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Understated says...

i hope they can still be together in heaven where they can walk together to their hearts content
i hope they can still be together in heaven where they can walk together to their hearts content Understated

7:11pm Wed 4 Dec 13

live-and-let-live says...

could be that falling from a window together was a better alternative to a "care" home. RIP both
could be that falling from a window together was a better alternative to a "care" home. RIP both live-and-let-live

7:21pm Wed 4 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Most of these comments are totally uneeded, and very bad taste.
Most of these comments are totally uneeded, and very bad taste. pete woodley

7:49pm Wed 4 Dec 13

retry69 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Most of these comments are totally uneeded, and very bad taste.
Yes indeed Pete what ever the circumstances its very sad and sincere thoughts with any family and friends
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Most of these comments are totally uneeded, and very bad taste.[/p][/quote]Yes indeed Pete what ever the circumstances its very sad and sincere thoughts with any family and friends retry69

8:13pm Wed 4 Dec 13

twynham says...

So sad.
.
Nothing more needs to be, or should be said.
So sad. . Nothing more needs to be, or should be said. twynham

9:48pm Wed 4 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

twynham wrote:
So sad. . Nothing more needs to be, or should be said.
Incredibly sad for all.

"together 'til the end'
[quote][p][bold]twynham[/bold] wrote: So sad. . Nothing more needs to be, or should be said.[/p][/quote]Incredibly sad for all. "together 'til the end' scrumpyjack

11:26am Thu 5 Dec 13

BournemouthMum says...

Understated wrote:
i hope they can still be together in heaven where they can walk together to their hearts content
What a lovely comment - brought tears to my eyes...
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: i hope they can still be together in heaven where they can walk together to their hearts content[/p][/quote]What a lovely comment - brought tears to my eyes... BournemouthMum

12:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

francolongi says...

I really don't think it's necessary to have an advert for a funeral home placed in the middle of such a tragic news report!
I really don't think it's necessary to have an advert for a funeral home placed in the middle of such a tragic news report! francolongi

2:55pm Thu 5 Dec 13

keith milton says...

death in a care is more painful.

RIP
death in a care is more painful. RIP keith milton

2:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

keith milton says...

keith milton wrote:
death in a care is more painful.

RIP
death in a care home is more painful. RIP
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: death in a care is more painful. RIP[/p][/quote]death in a care home is more painful. RIP keith milton

5:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

nigelperkins says...

until death do we part...........nah..
.......they rewrote thier vowels...beautiful and very very sad at the same time........a very committed couple....may they rest together. x
until death do we part...........nah.. .......they rewrote thier vowels...beautiful and very very sad at the same time........a very committed couple....may they rest together. x nigelperkins

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