Winwick man was on 'trip of a lifetime' in Nepal

Timothy Oakes
Timothy Oakes, 57, was a keen mountaineer. Photo: Oakes family

A Cheshire man killed in a Nepal plane crash was on the trip of a lifetime and died doing something he always wanted to do, his tearful wife has said.

The death of keen mountaineer Timothy Oakes, 57, in the disaster in Kathmandu should not deter other people from going on similar expeditions, Angie Gaunt said.

Mr Oakes died alongside fellow Britons Raymond Eagle, 58, who lived in Macclesfield, Cheshire and worked with disabled people, Christopher Davey, 51, Vincent Kelly, 50, Darren Kelly, 45, Stephen Holding, 60, and Benjamin Ogden, 27, an up-and-coming lawyer from London.

Speaking from their semi-detached family home in the Cheshire village of Winwick, near Warrington, Ms Gaunt said she and their daughter were mourning their loss.

"Tim was a mountaineer. He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do," she said.

"It should never deter people from living out their dreams.

"He was a mountaineer and he always wanted to go to Everest base camp, not climb it, to go to the base camp, and that's what he was doing.

"He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. It was the trip of a lifetime, he had always wanted to do it. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate."

She added that Mr Oakes was with a very close friend from his schooldays on a trip run by a tour company he held in very high esteem.

"When you live, if you live your life to the full, you take risks," she said.