TRIBUTES have been made to a loving great-grandfather-of-three who was found dead last week.

Norman Stewart, 86, went missing from his home on The Strand in Horwich last Tuesday afternoon.

His grand-daughter Jennifer Baines, 33, said a dog walker found him on Fall Birch Road in Lostock last Wednesday at around 7.30am.

A post mortem examination is due to take place but it is thought he may have died after having a fall and suffering with hypothermia, according to Jennifer.

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Norman walked his grand-daughter Jennifer down the aisle

Jennifer said: “It was horrendous for us as a family when we found out what had happened to my grandad.

"He was a huge part of my life growing up.

“He was the kindest, most generous man who will be greatly missed and was loved by so many people.

“I last saw him on December 21 when I was dropping off presents at his door.

“It is hard to get to grips with what happened and how he ended up there.

“He did not have any conditions like dementia.

“Any death is a tragedy but I think the circumstances of how it happened leaves us with many questions.

“We are just so glad he has been found otherwise it would have been worse if we had still not found him.

“We have been up to the place where he was found and laid some roses there which were his favourite flowers."

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Norman holding his three great-grandchildren, Alissia, Aurora and Bobbie Kate

Jennifer is set to run the Bolton Marathon with her mum Rona, one of Norman's two children, in May, in tribute to her grandad.

Norman, who was from Edinburgh and settled in the borough with his wife Kathleen when their children were young, ran several marathons during his life, including the London Marathon. But the Bolton Marathon was his favourite.

He was also a keen road cyclist and a well-liked member of St John’s Methodist Church in Horwich.

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Norman and his first wife Kathleen

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Norman walking his daughter Rona down the aisle 

Jennifer also expressed the family’s gratitude to the emergency services and residents following her grandad’s death.

She said: “The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and Greater Manchester Police have been absolutely incredible. The police have been considerably comforting.

“We have also been inundated by messages from the general public and there were also people who did not know him that were searching for him.”

Norman’s first wife Kathleen died 17 years ago from ovarian cancer.

Norman leaves behind his second wife, Jan, who he married three years ago.

In his younger years Norman was involved with the RAF.

He became an accountant at a paper mill in Radcliffe before being employed by a company on Folds Road in Bolton.