Tributes paid to former RAF engineer from Oswestry
Tributes have been paid to one of the RAF's "brightest and best" former engineers from Oswestry, who died after being hit by a train.
Tomos Richard Mills, 26, died on July 11 after he stepped in front of a train adjacent to Moreton Hall School in Weston Rhyn.
Mr Mills was a former RAF engineer based at RAF Marham.
A statement from flight sergeant Rob Grossman was read out at his inquest which was held in Shirehall yesterday.
It said: "Tomos Mills was one of our brightest and best technicians, a true gentleman.
"Like a parent who shouldn't have favourite children, a flight sergeant shouldn't have favourites but it's not always the case, he was certainly one of my favourites.
"He was a lovely, thoughtful and articulate individual and his commitment was exemplary.
"He had tremendous potential and set an example for others to follow.
"He also played golf and was vice captain of the force team.
"Nothing compares to the sadness his colleagues and I feel now, but I can't imagine how his family feel."
Mr Mill's father, Richard Mills, added: "It was completely out of character, we're at a loss as to why.
"He is sadly missed by his mum, dad, Ffion and Sophie."
Mr Mills said his son was a low handicap golfer who had completed marathons and half marathons, and now his former colleagues are taking on challenges in his name.
John Ellery, coroner for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, recorded a conclusion of suicide.
He said: "We know that on July 11 this year the train driver reported Tom stepping onto the track.
"He suffered catastrophic, fatal injuries. Paramedics attended and his death was confirmed."