The devastated sister of a man who died on a walking holiday in Scotland has paid tribute to “the best brother anybody could wish for”.
Edward Jackson, known as Ted, was reported missing on Sunday and a body was found in the Western Isles on Monday afternoon.
Now his sister Lorraine Smith has paid tribute to the “wonderful” man, who former colleagues described as a “smashing bloke”.
Lorraine, 50, was contacted by police on Sunday evening and was told Ted was missing and hadn’t returned to his hotel.
Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post on Tuesday morning, she said: “I got another call on Monday morning saying they were sending out search and rescue to look for him.
“Then I got the awful call yesterday to say he had fallen off the mountain he was climbing, and unfortunately he is still on the mountain - he’s in such a bad place that they can’t get him down safely because he’s on a ledge.
“They said when they eventually get him down they are going to take him to Inverness and he will have to have a post mortem, then I’ve got to go up to Scotland and identify him.”
Ted, 55, who lived in Penwortham and grew up in Moor Nook, had loved walking and had about 40 years’ experience.
Lorraine, who is a full-time carer, said: “It was such a shock, I was hoping they would find him maybe injured but OK, but I didn’t expect that because he was so experienced at climbing.
“He used to text me all the time and say ‘I’ve done two hills today in the rain’. He would walk in any weather, he just loved walking.”
She added: “I was devastated - I still am devastated.
“He had only been retired one year, and he was actually going to move to Scotland next year because he loved it so much.”
The mum-of-two, who lives near Moor Park, described Ted as a “wonderful brother”.
She said: “He was the best brother anybody could wish for. He would help you with anything, nothing was a problem for him. He meant the world to me, he really did.”
Ted’s family, including his other sisters Pauline, 54, and Christine, 52, and his mum Vera, 80, have been left devastated by what happened. And Lorraine’s children Daniel, 15 and Kerry, 21, “thought the world of their uncle Ted”.
Ted attended Moor Nook Primary School and Ribbleton Hall High School, before later joining the railway in September 1980.
He worked at Preston Station for 32 years, and Lorraine said he “loved trains”.
Latterly, he worked in the booking office for Virgin Trains until his retirement in March last year, and colleagues at Preston were left shocked and saddened by news of his death.
Gary Iddon, Virgin Trains’ route manager for Anglo-Scottish services, said: “I’ve known Ted for a long time and he genuinely was a smashing bloke and a great employee.
“Colleagues and customers alike thought the world of him.”