Windsor family pay tribute to 'kind, gentle and talented' son

Windsor family pay tribute to 'kind, gentle and talented' son

Philip Dewey

Windsor family pay tribute to 'kind, gentle and talented' son

A  family from Windsor have paid tribute to the courage of their ‘kind, gentle, and incredibly talented’ son and brother, who battled against mental health difficulties for seven years before taking his own life.

The inquest into the death of William Chubb, held at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, July 31, heard how the 25-year-old hanged himself at the family home in Buckland Crescent in January after a long struggle with anxiety and depression.

Speaking following the hearing, his dad Graham described the love and pride people had for his son.

He said William would have been amazed that 140 people attended his funeral at The Royal Chapel of All Saints, in Windsor Great Park, in February.

“One aspect of William's tragedy is that he could never quite bring himself to believe that other people loved him so much, and thought so highly of him and his talents,” he said.

“Will would have been absolutely stunned and really shocked, I think, to discover how much love and admiration people had for him.”

A memorial website for the former pupil of Oakfield First School, Trevelyan Middle School, and The Windsor Boys’ School has been set up by his family; his dad, mum Caroline, his sister Harriet, and his brothers Nick and Ben. A willow tree has also been planted in memory of William by The Windsor Boys’ School.

He has been described by his family as an ‘astonishingly talented’ guitarist and the website includes pictures of William, tributes from friends and family and many stories, including his mastering of The Beatles' 'Blackbird' on guitar.

More than £8,500 has been raised by family and friends for the mental health charity Mind since William's death, much of it by his brother Nick, who took part in the Marathon des Sables, a 150-mile run across the Sahara Desert, in April.

Graham added the family have taken comfort from the fact Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust told the inquest it had ‘missed opportunities’ to review William’s medication and will use the case to help with staff training in the future.

He added: "The most important thing about Will was that he was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest soul you could ever hope to know.  No-one who got to know him could fail to grasp that central fact.”

The memorial website is

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