“We never got the chance to say goodbye to dad” - daughter pays moving tribute to father who took his own life

Peter Harris.
Peter Harris.

The daughter of a Rugby man who hanged himself without any warning has paid tribute to her hard-working dad.

Lucie Fardon (nee Harris) will never forget the day she got the call to say her father had died.

She said: “When I got to the house and saw all the police I immediately thought someone had broken in and murdered him.”

Peter Harris, 56, took his own life. He was well known in Rugby and used to run dry cleaning shops, as well as being a commercial toiletries supplier.

Lucie said: “There is such a stigma surrounding suicide and I want to help to change that in memory of my dad.”

Lucie works with a charity called Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS), which helps those affected by suicide.

She wanted to turn her loss into something positive and has so far raised more than £2,000 by running Windsor Half Marathon.

Lucie added: “Dad was proud, encouraging, reliable and hard-working.

“I just wish we had all had we’d got the chance to help him and to say goodbye.”

To help support Lucie, you can visit her webpage at https://www.justgiving.com/Lucie-Fardon

If you have been personally affected by a suicide and are looking for help and support, telephone the SOBS helpline 0300 111 5065 which is open from 9am to 9pm every day.

The national office cannot provide support services for people bereaved by suicide, but if you have general queries about our charity, requests for information or would like to find out about volunteering or fundraising, telephone 0115 944 1117, email sobs.admin@care4free.net