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Wife 'devastated' after avalanche tragedy

John Taylor, 48, originally from Manchester, moved to Upper Poppleton, a village to the north-west of York, in 2003. As well as his wife Karine he leaves daughters Emma, 10, and eight-year-old Louise.

We are all truly devastated about this loss. John always had a keen interest in outdoor activities taking up mountaineering in 1998 and was a highly regarded and very active member of mountain rescue teams himself.

John had climbed several challenging mountains across the world, including Mont Blanc on two previous occasions. He was a highly respected climber and this event represents a significant loss to the UK climbing community.

In his personal life, John was a finance director, working within the public and private sectors. He will be sadly missed by his work colleagues.

– Karine Taylor, wife of John Taylor



Thoughts with families of victims

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this accident. Unfortunately we had three British victims that were killed. We would like to thank the French authorities for the work they have done, the professional support we have received.

My consular team is here to support the families of the victims who have come here to Chamonix.

– British Ambassador to France Sir Peter Ricketts

'Thoughts and prayers' go out to families of Brits killed

Estelle O'Hara, headteacher of Poppleton Ousebank School, said in a letter to parents at the school:

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that two of the climbers killed in yesterday's avalanche in the French Alps were parents from Poppleton Ousebank - Steve Barber, father of Frankie in Year 5 and John Taylor, father of Emma in Year 5 and Louise in Year 3.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to both Donna Rogers and Karine Taylor who have both lost their life-long partners.

Children have been informed and school staff have been supporting them throughout the day, providing a caring shoulder and answering any questions that children may have.

We would ask that people respect the families' privacy at this sad time. We understand that the climb was to raise money for St Leonard's Hospice and so we will be collecting on their behalf.

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