Tributes paid to Keith Laidler who died after falling from the Itchen Bridge in Southampton

Daily Echo: Keith Laidler Keith Laidler

TRIBUTES have been paid to a “kind and generous” Southampton man who died after falling to his death from a city landmark.

Keith Laidler was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from the Itchen Bridge onto ground below.

The 59-year-old trained engineer and former communications worker was well known in Southampton and was described as a “local character” by his family.

His sister Brenda said: “It has been like a bombshell. As far as we knew he was enjoying his life in Southampton, he had lots of friends and was popular with his neighbours.”

Mr Laidler moved to Southampton from the north-east in 1974 and stayed on the south coast for the rest of his life.

“He just decided he was upping sticks, packing up and moving to Southampton. There was no real reason for it.

"He and a friend just decided they wanted to go. He was a bit of a free spirit that way,” added Brenda.

Despite the distance Mr Laidler, who never married or had any children, kept in touch with his family in Yorkshire and often visited at Christmas.

Although not able to work in latter years due to persistent health problems, Mr Laidler was often found helping neighbours out with odd jobs and tinkering with cars, as he was a car enthusiast according to his family who also described him as “one of the kindest men you could ever meet”.

Brenda, who lives in Yorkshire, said: “We are just devastated. We don’t really feel like we know why this has happened really. That’s the worst of it, that he didn’t talk to us about how he was feeling. He was a chatterbox but you often never felt that you really knew what was going on inside.”

Keith leaves behind his older sisters Beryl and Brenda, along with his niece Ellenor.

His death, around 4pm on February 7, is not being treated as suspicious, and a file has been passed to the Southampton coroner’s office.

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11:51am Sat 22 Feb 14

hellbound says...

Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace. hellbound
  • Score: -8

1:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
[quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
ATOS want out of their contract with the govt. Worried about bad publicity. Government upset because ATOS leaked their intentions, which might adversly affect value of future bids. Government want to focus on issues relating to quality of service etc. To deflect criticism of policy.
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]ATOS want out of their contract with the govt. Worried about bad publicity. Government upset because ATOS leaked their intentions, which might adversly affect value of future bids. Government want to focus on issues relating to quality of service etc. To deflect criticism of policy. KSO16R
  • Score: 1

2:19pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
atos have also got the skivers back to work
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]atos have also got the skivers back to work mickey01
  • Score: -19

3:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

hellbound says...

mickey01 wrote:
SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
atos have also got the skivers back to work
mickey01 says...atos have also got the skivers back to work

So what are you saying? ....a few dead sick and disabled people is a price worth paying as long as the tax payer save a few pounds.

I don't think so.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]atos have also got the skivers back to work[/p][/quote]mickey01 says...atos have also got the skivers back to work So what are you saying? ....a few dead sick and disabled people is a price worth paying as long as the tax payer save a few pounds. I don't think so. hellbound
  • Score: 27

4:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Saintly Sam says...

Suicide, a long tern solution to a (potentially) short term problem,
It's also the most selfish act as it impacts so much on the relatives and friends of the deceased, it's a shame this man did not seek help, or perhaps was denied the help he needed.
Suicide, a long tern solution to a (potentially) short term problem, It's also the most selfish act as it impacts so much on the relatives and friends of the deceased, it's a shame this man did not seek help, or perhaps was denied the help he needed. Saintly Sam
  • Score: 10

7:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Huey says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
Suicide, a long tern solution to a (potentially) short term problem,
It's also the most selfish act as it impacts so much on the relatives and friends of the deceased, it's a shame this man did not seek help, or perhaps was denied the help he needed.
Yup
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: Suicide, a long tern solution to a (potentially) short term problem, It's also the most selfish act as it impacts so much on the relatives and friends of the deceased, it's a shame this man did not seek help, or perhaps was denied the help he needed.[/p][/quote]Yup Huey
  • Score: 0

8:06am Sun 23 Feb 14

skeptik says...

It appears that getting 'skivers' back to work is more propaganda - agencies paid huge sums of money to tinker around on the periphery. Often the weak are forced to do things that the more astute can handle. We are in dangerous times, when a government sets society against itself - history shows us that society turns on those suppressing folk - short term vote winning by a cabinet probably the most politically illiterate in our long history. We as tax payers are subsidizing landlords who are hugely inflating rents, we are also propping up bad parts of the private sector paying wages below poverty levels - 2.6% of the bill to the taxpayer goes on unemployment - we are easily conned and some are cheerleaders - without bothering to research the world they live in. Low wage economy - just means we buy cheap imports and then scratch our heads and ask where are the jobs and where is the wealth creating industry we were once so good at.
It appears that getting 'skivers' back to work is more propaganda - agencies paid huge sums of money to tinker around on the periphery. Often the weak are forced to do things that the more astute can handle. We are in dangerous times, when a government sets society against itself - history shows us that society turns on those suppressing folk - short term vote winning by a cabinet probably the most politically illiterate in our long history. We as tax payers are subsidizing landlords who are hugely inflating rents, we are also propping up bad parts of the private sector paying wages below poverty levels - 2.6% of the bill to the taxpayer goes on unemployment - we are easily conned and some are cheerleaders - without bothering to research the world they live in. Low wage economy - just means we buy cheap imports and then scratch our heads and ask where are the jobs and where is the wealth creating industry we were once so good at. skeptik
  • Score: 2

11:29am Sun 23 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

KSO16R wrote:
SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
ATOS want out of their contract with the govt. Worried about bad publicity. Government upset because ATOS leaked their intentions, which might adversly affect value of future bids. Government want to focus on issues relating to quality of service etc. To deflect criticism of policy.
Yeah I heard that,
I think that if you look behind the scenes at a lot of these government agencies the private firms (like the 'CSA' & 'ATOS' for example) that the government brought in, they are all pretty useless & probably all have blood on their hands.
It seems that the West in particular have just become so greedy & materialistic that if you have a problem then you are a pain in the behind & you are pretty much on your own.
Desperate people do desperate things & if you a vulnerable type of person & the system starts to get you down then you look for the (apparently) 'easy way out'.
A member of my family took the 'easy way out' &that was years ago but we all still ask ourselves why & think how selfish they were but it can't have been easy for them either.
No winners anywhere there!
[quote][p][bold]KSO16R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]ATOS want out of their contract with the govt. Worried about bad publicity. Government upset because ATOS leaked their intentions, which might adversly affect value of future bids. Government want to focus on issues relating to quality of service etc. To deflect criticism of policy.[/p][/quote]Yeah I heard that, I think that if you look behind the scenes at a lot of these government agencies the private firms (like the 'CSA' & 'ATOS' for example) that the government brought in, they are all pretty useless & probably all have blood on their hands. It seems that the West in particular have just become so greedy & materialistic that if you have a problem then you are a pain in the behind & you are pretty much on your own. Desperate people do desperate things & if you a vulnerable type of person & the system starts to get you down then you look for the (apparently) 'easy way out'. A member of my family took the 'easy way out' &that was years ago but we all still ask ourselves why & think how selfish they were but it can't have been easy for them either. No winners anywhere there! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 2

12:12pm Sun 23 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

mickey01 wrote:
SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
atos have also got the skivers back to work
Oh right so that makes it alright then,now we know....
Thanks for that!
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]atos have also got the skivers back to work[/p][/quote]Oh right so that makes it alright then,now we know.... Thanks for that! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 1

6:57pm Sun 23 Feb 14

NickiWitch says...

I had known this lovely man for 20 years and in my mind there is only one reason he would have done this terrible thing.......ATOS. Well done one more off your list. R.I.P. KEITH. ****
I had known this lovely man for 20 years and in my mind there is only one reason he would have done this terrible thing.......ATOS. Well done one more off your list. R.I.P. KEITH. **** NickiWitch
  • Score: 8

9:02pm Sun 23 Feb 14

SotonLad says...

NickiWitch wrote:
I had known this lovely man for 20 years and in my mind there is only one reason he would have done this terrible thing.......ATOS. Well done one more off your list. R.I.P. KEITH. ****
Why are ATOS to blame?
[quote][p][bold]NickiWitch[/bold] wrote: I had known this lovely man for 20 years and in my mind there is only one reason he would have done this terrible thing.......ATOS. Well done one more off your list. R.I.P. KEITH. ****[/p][/quote]Why are ATOS to blame? SotonLad
  • Score: 0

11:16pm Sun 23 Feb 14

hellbound says...

RIP.. so' so sad :(
RIP.. so' so sad :( hellbound
  • Score: -1

9:55am Mon 24 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
hellbound wrote:
Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.
We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of!
I wonder if Labour's creation of the ATOS contract has cost them any followers.
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hellbound[/bold] wrote: Unable to work....I wonder if ATOS had anything to do with it. Poor man rest in peace.[/p][/quote]We don't know if this was the case but 'ATOS' have screwed a lot of unwell people over to the point of desperation, 'ATOS' have been allowed to become a real problem & should be got rid of![/p][/quote]I wonder if Labour's creation of the ATOS contract has cost them any followers. From the sidelines
  • Score: -2

1:39pm Mon 24 Feb 14

kiddynamite says...

stop assuming people!
stop assuming people! kiddynamite
  • Score: -1

12:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

NickiWitch says...

I have had personal experience with ATOS. At the 'interigation' I was awarded 0 points and with the help and advice of my GP I appealed the decision at a tribunal in front of a Magistrate and a Doctor who assessed my medical condition and completely overturned the original findings. They were at a loss on how ATOS had come to their conclusion. The whole process took 6 months to resolve. It is my oppinion that if a Company is awarded a Govenment contract to carry out medical assessments they should be fully trained and should have accountabilty.
I have had personal experience with ATOS. At the 'interigation' I was awarded 0 points and with the help and advice of my GP I appealed the decision at a tribunal in front of a Magistrate and a Doctor who assessed my medical condition and completely overturned the original findings. They were at a loss on how ATOS had come to their conclusion. The whole process took 6 months to resolve. It is my oppinion that if a Company is awarded a Govenment contract to carry out medical assessments they should be fully trained and should have accountabilty. NickiWitch
  • Score: 3

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