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Family’s tribute as retired British couple found dead in Jamaica

The Foreign Office released a statement from the couple’s family (Clive Gee/PA) Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

The family of a retired British couple found dead at their home in Jamaica have said they are “completely devastated”.

Charlie and Gayle Anderson, aged 74 and 71, were “pillars of the community” and “hugely popular and loved by many”, a statement from their sons released by the Foreign Office said.

The couple had been married for 55 years and recently retired to Mount Pleasant, Jamaica, after living in Manchester.

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The statement read: “Our parents Charlie and Gayle enjoyed a long and happy marriage of 55 years and leave behind their four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“They were hardworking people, building a business with integrity and making sure we were always provided for.

“Charlie and Gayle were pillars of the community in Manchester and Jamaica, and were hugely popular and loved by many.”

The couple on their wedding day Credit: FCO

Mr and Mrs Anderson were found dead on Friday, according to local media reports. The Foreign Office would not confirm when they were discovered.

The statement added: “They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives, retiring to Jamaica before this terrible tragedy.

“We are completely devastated and ask for privacy at this extremely difficult time.”