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Inquest opens into death of Rushmere St Andrew golfer Philip Shard killed by lightning strike at Fynn Valley course

PUBLISHED: 16:27 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 21:25 20 June 2017

Philip Shard. Picture: CONTRIBUTED BY FAMILY

Philip Shard. Picture: CONTRIBUTED BY FAMILY


An inquest was opened today (Monday, June 19) of a man who died after being struck by lightning at a Suffolk golf club.

Philip Shard, described as an “otherwise healthy 60-year-old” at the hearing at Suffolk Coroners’ Court in Ipswich, was struck while at Fynn Valley Golf Course in Ipswich Road, Witnesham on the morning of May 27.

• Tributes paid to Philip Shard
Assistant Suffolk Coroner Dr Daniel Sharpstone said Mr Shard died at Ipswich Hospital on May 31.

The cause of his death had been given as hypoxic brain injury and lightning strike.

Mr Shard, from Rushmere St Andrew, who was an IT consultant, left a widow, two daughters, two sons in law and four grandchildren.

Dr Sharpstone adjourned the inquest to a date yet to be arranged to allow the completion of reports.

In a statement after his death, Mr Shard’s family said: “Philip was a kind and loving gentleman, husband, father, grandpa and friend who will be sorely missed by all.

“The family would like to take this opportunity to thank all friends and colleagues who have shown so much love and support throughout this difficult time.

“A special thank you to all the staff at Ipswich Hospital Critical Care Unit who showed Philip so much compassion and care.”

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