Tragic Jason's dream for his son

JASON Hadley's dream was to renovate his new home and turn it into the perfect place to help bring up his young son Roman.The electrician purchased his new home in Fircroft Road, Ipswich, six months ago and was going to transform it for the pair of them as the 24-year-old watched his boy grow up.

JASON Hadley's dream was to renovate his new home and turn it into the perfect place to help bring up his young son Roman.

The electrician purchased his new home in Fircroft Road, Ipswich, six months ago and was going to transform it for the pair of them as the 24-year-old watched his boy grow up.

Today, the former Copleston High School student's devastated friends have been left to do the improvements for him following his death in Ghana.

The exact circumstances surrounding the tragedy remain a mystery, publicly at least.

All a spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office would say today was: “I can confirm that a British national, Jason Hadley, died on the evening of September 13 in Accra, Ghana.

“We've been informed and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

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“The local police are finishing off their investigation. They are still awaiting a full pathologist's report.”

It is believed Mr Hadley had been out with friends in the hours before his death.

He had gone to Ghana to work as an electrician for a company which had given him work previously on the Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 project and in Norway. It is believed the work in Ghana was linked to an oil company and despite the distance he had returned to Ipswich regularly.

Today as his friends come to terms with their loss, they paid tribute to a much-loved man who cherished his time with his four-year-old son.

His friend and former co-worker Damien Palmer, of Anglesea Road, Ipswich, said: “He had a very busy lifestyle and he adored his son. He was the motivation behind buying his house.”

His death has deeply saddened his friends in Ipswich, who have sent his parents, Caroline and Graham, who live in Martlesham Heath, and his brother Daniel numerous messages of support.

Jason's next door neighbour at Fircroft Road, 28-year-old James Wright, said: “Jason used to work for about two weeks abroad and then come home for a week and when he was home he would often come round for a brew. He was really cheeky, friendly and outgoing.

“When I bought my house it was in a similar state to what his is and he used to come round and get ideas about how to do it up. He'd just bought my old bedroom furniture off me.

“His house is a shell basically, he was rewiring and putting in a new boiler and central heating so it's in no fit state to sell.

“I'm not in the trade but have told his friends who are doing it up that I'll muck in painting and decorating.”

Peter Cates and his wife Ida, 65, of Starfield Close, sold Mr Hadley his home.

Mr Cates, also 65, said: “As soon as he walked in the door we could see he was a genuine, likeable lad. He was working very hard to get the house together.

“He always had a smile on his face. His mother said that the only thing he wanted in life was his own property.”

An inquest into Mr Hadley's death has been opened and adjourned in Ipswich.

A private family funeral is planned for noon on October 11 at St Augustine's Church, Ipswich, followed by a reception for family and friends.

Donations if desired can be made payable to E.A.C.H (East Anglian Children's Hospices) c/o East of England Co-Operative Funeral Service, 47, St Helen's Street, Ipswich, IP4 2JL.

Do you want to pay tribute to Jason Hadley? Call The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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