‘Everyone had a nice word to say about Andy’: Devoted dad-of-three tragically took his own life

‘Everyone had a nice word to say about Andy’: Devoted dad-of-three tragically took his own life

An “amazing and dedicated” father of three tragically took his own life after struggling with his mental health, an inquest heard.

Andrew Cooper was described as a kind gentleman with a great sense of humour. The 31-year-old died on March 2 last year after struggling with poor mental health.

His wife Abigail Cooper told an inquest: “Andy was the most amazing father. His children were his whole life and meant the world to him. Andy and I were childhood sweethearts and best friends.

“He supported everything I did and always put me first. He was very close to his family, he worked with them in the family business and Andy and his brother were best friends.”

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A dedicated Middlesbrough FC fan, Andrew worked as a contracts manager for family business Ultimate Windows and was previously a surveyor.

Towards the end of 2021, Andy was struggling with his mental health and spoke to his GP. Andy self-referred for further mental health support and had an assessment appointment for 22nd December. Assistant Coroner Karin Welsh heard how Andy and Abigail were separated but remained close friends and for some time lived with their three children in their Wynyard home.

Andrew Cooper with his wife Abigail and their children (Image: Family Handout)

Andy Cooper (Image: Family Handout)

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