“An inspiration to all who knew him” – more tributes paid to Wimborne caretaker Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

MORE tributes have been paid to the Wimborne caretaker found dead at the town’s Allendale Centre.

Tim Smith, 58, was found hanged in the centre where he worked on Monday morning.

Police have confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances to his death, which sparked tributes from the community and Mr Smith’s step-daughter-in-law.

Speaking through Mr Smith’s niece Shelley Brady, his family told the Daily Echo: “Tim was a fantastic son, brother and uncle, and an inspiration to all who knew him.

“He was kind and caring and nothing was too much trouble for him. He was such a clever man, writing computer software and building a robot.

“He did really well as an electrical engineer and always had to be doing something with his hands – be it mending boats or fixing cars.

“He loved to sing and socialise with people; he was such a family man, who loved spending time with the people who loved him.

“He didn’t have any children of his own, but played a massive part in his niece and nephews’ lives.

“He leaves behind an 84-year-old father, who will miss his eldest son dearly, as will his brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews.

“He really was a great man who is loved and will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him.”

Mr Smith leaves his wife, Jacqueline, along with two stepsons and their families.

Police were called to the Hanham Road centre at around 8.30am on Monday.

An inquest has since been told that Mr Smith was found in the main hall at the centre. Staff had discovered notes written by him.

Mr Smith, who lived at Westwood Avenue, Ferndown, was last seen alive by colleagues at the centre on Sunday evening.

A post-mortem was carried out on Wednesday, but the cause of death remains unascertained, pending toxicology results.

The inquest in Bournemouth was adjourned for further inquiries and is due to resume on Wednesday, September 10.

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