The daughter of an 84-year-old who died while out hiking in the Scottish Highlands has said she will “miss him forever”.
John Smith, from Nottingham, was last seen leaving the Crianlarich Hotel at 7.15am last Thursday and it was thought he was planning to walk in the area of Crianlarich and Oban.
But John, who was known as Frank to his friends never returned and a search was launched by mountain rescue teams to try and find him, according to the Daily Record.
His body was found on Thursday afternoon on Ben Cruachan.
John’s Daughter, Helen Bang, has posted a tribute to her late father and explained that he died “walking somewhere he loved”.
It read: “My Dad’s body was recovered from Ben Cruachan yesterday afternoon.
“He died with his boots on, walking somewhere that he loved. People must do things that bring them joy.
“I will miss him forever, but feel very lucky that he was my Dad.
“We are very grateful for all the kind messages from friends and strangers. If anyone wants to make a donation, however small, in memory of Frank Smith to Oban Mountain Rescue, who made Herculean efforts to find him, that would be much appreciated.”
The post included a picture of John and his late wife, Rosemary, which Helen said was one of her favourite photos of her parents.
John Smith, who died while walking in Scotland, and his late wife Rosemary
Helen has thanked the Oban Mountain Rescue team for their help searching for her father and urged people to donate to the organisation.
She wrote: |It is with great sorrow that I have to let you know that my Dad’s body was recovered from the mountain yesterday afternoon. Although no formal identification has yet taken place, they are confident that it is him.
“We are really touched by the hundreds of messages of support we have received from both friends and strangers.
“If you want to make a donation, however small, to the Oban Mountain Rescue https://obanmrt.co.uk/ who made Herculean efforts to find him, in memory of Frank Smith, that would be much appreciated.”
Friends of John have taken to social media to pay their respects.
One person wrote: ” Frank was a lovely man and I know he will be greatly missed by his neighbours in Nottingham. May he forever rest in peace.”
Another added: “He did die doing what he loved which is a comfort to you, I’m sure. May he rest in peace with your dear mother.”