The wife of a walker who died while climbing Scafell Pike in the Lake District has paid tribute to “the best husband she could have asked for.”
Malcolm Blowman, 67, of Little Carlton near Louth was found dead at 11am on Thursday morning (May 15).
A major search and rescue operation got underway on Wednesday evening when Malcolm’s worried wife Marion raised the alarm and reported him missing after she failed to get into contact with him following several attempts.
She said: “We were on holiday in our caravan at Bassenthwaite, in the Lake District, and my husband wanted to climb Scafell Pike as walking was something he really enjoyed.
“I called him at midday to see how he was getting on and I became very worried after I called him several times and his phone kept going straight to voicemail.
“On the Wednesday, 20 individuals from mountain rescue and a search and rescue helicopter went out in search of my husband and they used thermal imaging cameras, but they had to call the search off at 4am.
“But crews were out again by 7am the next day and found him at 11am.”
Malcolm was in the army where he learned to fly and became a helicopter pilot.
The couple moved to Little Carlton in 1975 and he was employed as a helicopter pilot at Strubby Airfield until he retired.
He loved crosswords and Formula 1, was involved in the Louth group of the University Of The Third Age and was leader of its aviation group.
“Anything that involved planes, Macolm loved it,” Marion said.
Malcolm also leaves son Richard, 42 and daughter Catherine, 39, who said: “He was the best possible dad.”
Marion added: “I couldn’t have asked for a better husband.”