Window cleaner dies after falling from ladder in accident

Window cleaner dies after falling from ladder in accident

Window cleaner dies after falling from ladder in accident

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A window cleaner has died after getting his foot caught in his ladder and plunging 15ft to the ground.

Hugh Winfield, known as Hughie, was working in Western Road, Lewes, when the freak accident happened.

The 51-year-old, who was due to become a grandfather again in three months, carried out rounds in Coldean, Moulsecoomb and Woodingdean as well as Lewes and rural East Sussex.

His death on Tuesday was followed two days later by that of his beloved pet Max, a Staffordshire bull terrier.

Mr Winfield’s widow, Karen, said she believed the dog had died of a broken heart.

Speaking yesterday from their home in Wolseley Road, Coldean, she said: “The vet said it was probably a coincidence but Max was very sensitive.

“I will miss them both so much – I think they are together again.”

Describing what happened to Mr Winfield, who was nicknamed the Silver Fox by members of his darts team in Hollingbury, she said: “Witnesses said that his foot got caught and he sort of jumped backwards, hitting his head on the ground.

“Last week everything was normal – now it has all changed.”

Mr Winfield died on his father Clive’s birthday and just two days before his mother Jackie’s birthday.

His daughter Mikayla, who is six months pregnant, turned 24 on Thursday.

Mrs Winfield said: “Everybody loved him. “He had a lot of friends and a lot of interests.

Mr Winfield leaves a son James, 30, and daughters Lynsey, 26, and Mikayla, 24, stepsons, Kelvin, 34, Ross, 32, Scott, 29, and Jay, 25, his parents and siblings.

An inquest will be held in due course.

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4:56pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Bless both their hearts.

My late Grandfather had an Irish Wolfhound called Paddy. When he died, Paddy died 2 weeks later aged only 6. He was as fit as fiddle and just curled up in front of the fire and passed away.

My Grandmother maintains to this day, Paddy died of a broken heart. So who knows?
Bless both their hearts. My late Grandfather had an Irish Wolfhound called Paddy. When he died, Paddy died 2 weeks later aged only 6. He was as fit as fiddle and just curled up in front of the fire and passed away. My Grandmother maintains to this day, Paddy died of a broken heart. So who knows? Algeria Touchshriek
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5:32pm Sun 25 Nov 12

sussexram40 says...

Yes the dog probably died because of his master's death. Very sad all round.
Yes the dog probably died because of his master's death. Very sad all round. sussexram40
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6:11pm Sun 25 Nov 12

GRUMPAH says...

We passed by the spot shortly after the accident. A tragic, tragic accident.
Our deepest sympathies to all of Hughie's family and friends.
We passed by the spot shortly after the accident. A tragic, tragic accident. Our deepest sympathies to all of Hughie's family and friends. GRUMPAH
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3:19am Mon 26 Nov 12

Freeloaders says...

This is so sad.Sympathies to all the family.R.I.P.
This is so sad.Sympathies to all the family.R.I.P. Freeloaders
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8:23am Mon 26 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

So sad. Condolences to his family and friends. The unbreakable spiritual bond between human and animal undoubtedly led to this double tragedy - hopefully they have reunited in heaven.
So sad. Condolences to his family and friends. The unbreakable spiritual bond between human and animal undoubtedly led to this double tragedy - hopefully they have reunited in heaven. Juleyanne
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9:54am Mon 26 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

Poor souls, both of them. Very sad.
Poor souls, both of them. Very sad. Crystal Ball
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2:43pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Euly says...

RIP both
RIP both Euly
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