Gus Robinson’s battle with depression

Gus Robinson
Gus Robinson

MUCH-LOVED businessman Gus Robinson MBE (above) killed himself after a long fight with depression.

An inquest into the popular 62-year-old’s death heard that he didn’t seek medical help for an illness that plagued his life while he ran a successful company with a dedicated 100-plus workforce.

Hundreds of touching tributes have been made about the dad, granddad, business leader and boxing promoter since he was found hanged at his home in the West Park area of Hartlepool on November 15.

Gus’s son Daniel, wife Judith and mum Egizia were among family and friends to attend an inquest into his death at Hartlepool Coroner’s Court.

Town coroner Malcolm Donnelly said that everyone had been asking “why?”, but there was no simple answer as Gus’s firm - Gus Robinson Developments - was “doing well”.

He told the family: “It seems clear to me he was suffering very badly with a deep depression and this had happened for a number of years.

“My observations over the years is that often when people decide to take a course of action like this, it is logical to them, a moment of clarity when they are really not thinking straight. It’s not a rational decision.

“But it is clear there was no-one else involved, that he killed himself and that the balance of his mind was disturbed when he did it.”

Gus’s GP confirmed that he had never had any treatment for depression, while a post-mortem examination found there were no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Police also found no suspicious circumstances.

It was Judith who found her husband’s body in their garage at around 7am. He had not left a note.

Gus had got out of bed for a drink of water at around 5.30am after a “troubled” nights sleep.

He was described as “extremely tired, anxious and depressed” and was struggling with his responsibilities.

The court was told that Daniel, who is now chairman of the family firm, had been helping his dad and was set to move from a banking job in New York to play a bigger role in the company.

Former jet fighter pilot Daniel, 35, has since returned to Hartlepool and has vowed to continue his dad’s legacy and keep building the business that employs 100 people.

Mr Donnelly said: “Mr Robinson chose not to seek help and we can’t change that. We would all like it to be different, but that’s where he was.

“It’s the people who are left behind who have to deal with what’s happened. If he was thinking rationally he would not have done this, but he was ill and that’s the truth of it.

“He did a lot of good things. He achieved a lot and was recognised for having done so, and he was loved. That’s what we must remember.”

Mr Donnelly recorded a verdict that Gus “killed himself while the balance of his mind was disturbed”.