We can only hope Dean and Jamie are together again

Double tragedy: Brothers Dean (above) and Jamie O'Malley (below)
Double tragedy: Brothers Dean (above) and Jamie O'Malley (below)

Family tells of grief after brothers take their own lives at the same spot... but four years apart

A Chorley man has been found dead at the exact same spot where his brother committed suicide four years ago.

‘Lovable’ Dean O’Malley was found hanging from the same tree in Rivington, where his brother Jamie took his own life in September 2006.

His devastated family said they are still in shock after a dog walker found the 36 year old’s body early on Tuesday morning in woodland behind the village primary school.

Dean, who was known affectionately as ‘Deano’, had told friends he was going to the supermarket on Monday night, but he never returned.

His dad, former publican Frank O’Malley, of Eaves Lane, said: “It is a nightmare for us all.

“It hasn’t hit us yet that he has gone - we keep expecting him to walk through the front door, but know that’s never going to happen.

“We have no idea why he has done it. He didn’t leave a note and he had told friends that he was nipping to Tesco to buy some beer.

“He must have thought it through, but we don’t know whether he went to visit the tree and just snapped.

“The police found a red blanket on the memorial bench we have put nearby so we don’t know whether he had been lying there.

“Jamie was only 38 when he died and he left behind three children - ‘Jamie’s Angels.’

“Dean took his brother’s death very, very hard and it had a devastating effect on all the family.

“At his funeral, Dean stood up and read a eulogy which he called ‘Brother’s United’.

“We can only think that he wanted to be with Jamie and can only hope that they are together again.”

The funeral is due to take place at St Mary’s Church on Tuesday, March 22, at 12 midday, organised by Kenyon’s Funeral Directors, in Eaves Lane.

For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian