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Tributes to Sedbergh family man found dead
4:13pm Thursday 19th January 2012 in Sedbergh news
THE wife of a Kendal man found dead in his car after going missing on Sunday has paid tribute to a ‘caring lovely man who would help everyone’.
A search was launched for John Capstick, 48, of Finley Drive, after he failed to arrive at a family member’s home in Sedbergh.
His body was found in his car in the Preston Patrick area on Tuesday, close to junction 36 of the M6.
The search had involved local farmers, Lake District National Park rangers, the police and friends of the family – some people took a day off work to join in the hunt.
“Everyone who met him loved him,” said his wife Janet.
“He was a devoted, caring husband. He had a fantastic dry sense of humour and had so many friends.”
Mr Capstick also leaves children, Laura, 11, Matthew, eight, and Emma, six.
“He absolutely loved all of his children,” said Mrs Capstick.
“He would take them out to collect firewood which was a passion.
“Mr Capstick grew up on a farm in Dentdale. He was the younger brother of Brenda and Maurice. He loved the outdoors. He would always get involved,” said Mrs Capstick.
He worked as an estate worker for the Lake District National Park Authority for more than 15 years and one of his many hobbies was dry-stone walling.
Park chief executive Richard Leafe said: “This is very sad news and a great shock to all his colleagues.
“Our immediate thoughts and sympathy are with John’s wife and family at this difficult time.”
Members at the park stood in silence for a minute as a tribute to Mr Capstick's work and commitment to the national park.
He was also a key member of Kendal's farming community where he prepared big bales of hay.