The grieving parents of a man who was found hanged in woodland paid tribute today to their “gentle giant”.
The body of Robert Pilcher, 23, of Tebay Avenue, Cleveleys, was found by a member of the public on Tuesday in The Towers, off the town’s West Drive.
Mr Pilcher, known as Sas, worked at Fleetwood Sheet Metal, was a keen skateboarder and had just become a father for the first time eight weeks ago.
His parents Elaine, 48, and dad Chris, 51, said the death of their 6ft 6in son has left the family devastated.
Mrs Pilcher said: “We didn’t know he was that sad because he didn’t give any warning signs, he just texted me on Monday telling me he loved me.
“I replied straight away asking if he was OK and I tried to ring him back but he had already turned his phone off.”
Mr Pilcher, who also coached young skateboarders at Wyre Skate Night, at Thornton YMCA, is also survived by his son Bobby James Pilcher, partner Jayne Marr, 25, and two brothers, Daniel, 25, and Harry, eight.
Mrs Pilcher added: “He was a fun loving guy who had just become a father and had his whole life ahead of him.
“He was larger than life and unmistakable in Cleveleys.
“He was a gentle giant and very friendly. When he became a father I thought he would get on with his life.
“I never thought this would happen, so it came as a complete shock and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”
Friends and family set off Chinese lanterns and lit candles at an impromptu gathering in Jubliee Gardens on Thursday evening to remember Mr Pilcher’s life.
Paul Muckelt, 42, worked with Mr Pilcher at Fleetwood Sheet Metal, on Denham Way, Fleetwood.
He added: “He was one of the most pleasant lads you will ever meet.
“He was fantastic and the whole firm is devastated about it. It’s come as a massive shock and we are trying to do all we can for his family and help wherever we can.”
Coun Andrea Kay, Cleveleys Park ward councillor for Wyre Council, knew Mr Pilcher through her organisation of Wyre Skate Night.
She added: “I’m devastated because all the kids love him and we are going to have a big skate night to remember his life.
“He was a young lad who was working, had just had a baby and I don’t know what has gone wrong for this to happen.”