North West Wales

Family tribute to finance expert after death in Harlech

Howard Mitchinson
Image caption Howard Mitchinson was described as being very involved in his local community

Tributes have been paid to a 54-year-old Gwynedd man whose body was found nearly a month after he went missing.

Howard Mitchinson, from Harlech, who had not been seen since Boxing Day, studied economics at Oxford University before becoming a chartered accountant.

His family said he excelled academically and in sport and was very involved in his local community.

A public funeral will be held at St Tanwgs church, Harlech, on Friday, 4 February (1300 GMT).

In a statement issued through North Wales Police, the family said Mr Mitchinson grew up in Crosby, Cumbria.

During his career he was an insolvency practitioner and then moved to business management and worked as financial director at Lambourghini UK.

When he moved to Harlech he invested in a timber yard, started a wood working and craft workshop and opened a shop in the town.

In 2003 he suffered a major stroke, leaving him with severe disabilities but he worked hard to achieve a high quality of life.

He remained involved in various committees in Harlech, as well as providing business advice.

Most recently he supported a Lottery funding bid to save Harlech swimming pool.

The family have requested no flowers at the funeral but donations to the mountain rescue service who were involved in the search.

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