Cheshire school 'devastated' by death of Richie Parry, 12, as head hails 'kind and gentle boy'

A headteacher has paid tribute to a "kind and gentle" 12-year-old pupil who was found dead along with his father after the pair went hillwalking in the Scottish Highlands. Andrea O’Neill said Alsager School had been left "devastated" by the death of Year 7 student Richie Parry.

She added that the school counsellor, as well as youth workers from local churches, would be on hand next week to provide support for pupils and staff. Richie and his dad Tom Parry, 49, are believed to have died as the result of a fall, police said on Friday.

Rescuers searching for the missing pair recovered two bodies from Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Glen Coe, at around 7.25pm on Wednesday. They have now been formally identified as Tom and Richie.

Paying tribute, Alsager School headteacher Andrea O’Neill said: "We are all devastated by the tragic death of Richie Parry and his father, Tom. Richie was in our Year 7, and was the most thoughtful, kind and gentle young boy; a ray of sunshine.

"We send our thoughts and condolences to Richie’s mum, brother, family and friends. Our school counsellor and youth workers from our local churches will be in school next week to support pupils and staff."

Yesterday, devastated wife and mother Gemma Parry said her husband and son "will be sadly missed and never forgotten". In a statement issued through police, she said: "Tom was a caring and loving father to his children and a loving husband to me, his wife Gemma.

"Richie was an energetic, loving boy who loved his quizzes, maths, and sports. He always cared for others as well no matter what. We would like to take this chance to thank the Scottish and Cheshire police as well as the Mountain Rescue service along with all the other emergency services involved in finding Richie and Tom."

She added: “Tom and Richie will be sadly missed and never forgotten.” She also thanked the community of Alsager and “all of our family friends who have helped us and supported us throughout this time".

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