A former police officer who was found dead in a Brisbane apartment has been dubbed a “magnificent” man who was “a loving and kind soul” and “a good neighbour”.
Key points:John Purdy was found unresponsive in his apartment in June 2017, but died hours laterA coronial inquest heard he was a dedicated father who loved his wife and childrenThe coronial jury also heard Mr Purdy “loved to spend time with his family” and loved to sing and danceThe Brisbane man who had been missing for almost a month and was found unconscious in his bed in June last year was described as a “gentle soul” who was a “good neighbour” and a “great friend” who had a “very special bond” with his wife, his children and their families, the inquest into his death has heard.
The former Detective Sergeant, who had worked in the Brisbane area for 13 years, was found by neighbours outside his apartment on the first floor of a residential building in West Brisbane, near the town of Dandenong, on June 17, 2017.
The body was discovered by his wife after a woman living in the building called the police.
Her husband John, who was in the process of moving to Australia, told the inquest he had “been asleep in bed in his bedroom for about an hour”.
“I woke up to see his body in the bedroom,” Mr Pyle’s wife, Karen, told a coroner.
“I knew immediately he was dead.
I had never seen him that way.”
John was found at his apartment and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
John had been reported missing by his partner and wife and police were told the couple had recently moved to Brisbane.
“John had a passion for music and was a fantastic musician and performer,” Detective Sergeant Andrew McKeon said.
“He was a loving and affectionate husband, father and father-of-three.”
John’s partner, Karen Purdy, said he was “very sweet and affectionating” and had a very good sense of humour.
“The way he was able to deal with the situation was beyond words,” she said.
Police are yet to determine the cause of death.
John’s family are now holding a service at the Brisbane home where his body was found on Sunday morning.
Police have also released CCTV footage from outside the apartment showing a man walking past it.
A post-mortem examination has been requested for the man.
John was described by his former colleagues as “one of the best” and someone “who loved music and theatre”.
He was married to Karen for four years, with their children aged between six and nine.
He was also the father of a two-year-old daughter.
Karen Purdy said her husband had recently relocated to Brisbane and was “an absolute joy to be with”.
“He loved his family and was always smiling and laughing,” she told the court.
“His passion was music, he loved to play music, and he loved his kids.”
Mr Purdy had a full-time job with a private security company in Brisbane and had worked at the local police station for more than 30 years.
He and Karen had two other children and a dog, who he also loved.
The inquest was told he also worked at a community centre in the city’s east.
The coroner also heard the couple were “close friends” and were planning to move to Australia.
“It’s an enormous loss for his family,” Detective Superintendent McKeone said.
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