Dad-of-two, 40, collapses and dies on gym treadmill with widow ‘heartbroken’ by his sudden death

by fitness journalist

A dad-of-two and popular deputy headteacher died after collapsing while exercising on a gym treadmill.

Gareth Parry, 40, has been described by his devastated family as a “kind and generous man who would do anything for anyone.”

The deputy head was considered a young and fit man having represented Wales in weightlifting as a youth and he had been planning on setting up an under seven football team in the area, reports the Daily Post .

Mr Parry was a deputy headteacher at Ysgol Friars in Bangor, near to the gym where he collapsed and died on Wednesday evening.

Mr Parry was a popular deputy headteacher at Ysgol Friars in Bangor (pictured)

The 40-year-old could not be saved despite frantic efforts from gym staff, paramedics, and medics at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

Mr Parry’s father-in-law Dennis Pritchard described him as “kind, generous and loving”.

He said: “Gareth was a dedicated family man.

“He was as unbelievably kind, generous and loving person as you would come across.

“He would do anything for anyone.”

Mr Pritchard said his daughter Zoe, who has been with Mr Parry for 17 years and married for 11, had been left devastated by her husband’s sudden death.

He has a 21-month old daughter, Beth, and six-year-old son, Jack.

Paramedics and medical staff at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor could not save Mr Parry

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He said: “It is such a shock. He went out of the house yesterday in a jolly good mood and this has happened.

“We are all still really raw.

“Gareth and Zoe had their 11 year wedding anniversary last week.”

Mr Parry grew up in the village of Llanrug, near Caernarfon, and took on jobs including working as a PCSO and at an oil depot before he moved into teaching.

He worked as a primary school teacher in mid Wales before working as a maths teacher at Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno.

From there, he moved to Ysgol Friars in 2007 to work as the deputy head teacher.

Mr Pritchard said: “He was a real brainbox.

“He was a highly respected teacher and everyone loved him.

“I don’t think I have ever heard a bad word about him. Everyone loved him and he loved everybody as well.”

Mr Pritchard said his son-in-law would still work out “three or four times a week”.

“In his day he played rugby and football regularly”, he added.

Mr Parry had also just completed a coaching course, and was planning to set up an under seven football team in his local area after finding nowhere for his son to play.

The family thanked those who had come to Mr Parry’s aid after he collapsed, and also said they were grateful for all of the support they have had.

Gwynedd Council confirmed staff at the centre administered CPR to try and revive him.

A spokesman added: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this very sad time.”

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