Well-known Christchurch vet John Lafferty took his own life in New Forest, inquest hears

Vet 'took own life' at New Forest beauty spot

Vet 'took own life' at New Forest beauty spot

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A well known vet took his own life at a secluded New Forest beauty spot.

John Lafferty was found dead by members of the public in a wooded area in the New Forest last December.

The 61-year-old's car was found nearby at the Broomy Enclosure where he had left a note addressed to his wife, an inquest heard.

It told of his love for his family and made it clear what he intended to do.

Mr Lafferty, of Stony Lane, Christchurch, who worked at the Magnolia House Veterinary Clinic in Christchurch for 34 years, died from blood loss from cuts to his wrists.

The inquest heard Mr Lafferty had longstanding health problems.

Mr Lafferty had in the past said he refused to go on living in this way, the inquest heard.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman said: “His medical history was really horrifically difficult for someone of his age - he must have worked through many years of ill health.

“He clearly felt it was too much to keep up.”

He recorded a determination that Mr Lafferty took his own life.

At the time of his death, his widow said he had “bravely borne” his long illness and was a loving husband, devoted father to Andrew, Mark, Rory and Becky and a doting grandfather to Flick.

She added: "He will be sadly missed by his friends, staff and clients. His wishes were that his practice should continue, as always, with the love and dedication that he showed to all of the animals under his care for the last 34 years".

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12:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

richt says...

A great loss. He was an excellent, caring vet who provided the best possible care and treatment and who greatly respected the people using his practice. My thoughts go to his family.
A great loss. He was an excellent, caring vet who provided the best possible care and treatment and who greatly respected the people using his practice. My thoughts go to his family. richt
  • Score: 12

3:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Burton resident says...

Mr Lafferty was a great vet. He is very sadly missed by all his clients. Thoughts go out to all his family.
Mr Lafferty was a great vet. He is very sadly missed by all his clients. Thoughts go out to all his family. Burton resident
  • Score: 7

4:51pm Wed 2 Apr 14

suzigirl says...

How very sad........ however some people don't get the choice to live or die!
How very sad........ however some people don't get the choice to live or die! suzigirl
  • Score: -15

3:43pm Thu 3 Apr 14

darceybug says...

The Best Vet ever, you didn`t deserve this, Why is life so cruel to
some people. I will never forget you. x
The Best Vet ever, you didn`t deserve this, Why is life so cruel to some people. I will never forget you. x darceybug
  • Score: 5

6:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Crank says...

Very sad to hear this. I will always remember him coming out to the Barrack Rd rec, about 20+ years ago, where us locals had tried to secure a deer, hoping it could be saved, but he had to humanely put it down as it was injured. Just a brief crossing of paths, but he seemed so very kind, and it's just sad life got so bad for him.
Very sad to hear this. I will always remember him coming out to the Barrack Rd rec, about 20+ years ago, where us locals had tried to secure a deer, hoping it could be saved, but he had to humanely put it down as it was injured. Just a brief crossing of paths, but he seemed so very kind, and it's just sad life got so bad for him. Crank
  • Score: 3

10:21pm Thu 3 Apr 14

emmaspacecadet says...

I'm so saddened by this, Mr Laffery was an brilliant and compassionate vet. He will be sadly missed by all his patients, hopefully he is at peace now. Thoughts go out to his family, he was a very special man.
I'm so saddened by this, Mr Laffery was an brilliant and compassionate vet. He will be sadly missed by all his patients, hopefully he is at peace now. Thoughts go out to his family, he was a very special man. emmaspacecadet
  • Score: 3

5:00pm Mon 7 Apr 14

mrs google says...

I have used mr lafferty's services for over 20 years and he was one of the kindest and compassionate people I have ever met. I am sure he is in heaven taking care of our beloved pets who have crossed over . My love and thoughts go out to his family and his staff at the practise x
I have used mr lafferty's services for over 20 years and he was one of the kindest and compassionate people I have ever met. I am sure he is in heaven taking care of our beloved pets who have crossed over . My love and thoughts go out to his family and his staff at the practise x mrs google
  • Score: 2

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