Man found dead in marina 'had a great love of life', says wife
THE wife of a former pub landlord found dead at Shardlow marina has said she felt like "the luckiest woman in the world" to have been with him for 35 years.
Georgina Vallory said her husband, Danny, had been "full of life and happy with his lot" after moving to live on the marina five years ago.
She said he loved his pub quizzes, reading the paper and putting "the occasional flutter on the horses."
Mr Vallory's body was discovered in the marina at 8pm on Sunday.
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He had been missing from his boat for eight days, since being seen in his local post office buying a newspaper on September 29.
Mrs Vallory said that a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out today.
She said: "He was such a lovely man and we were together for 35 years, which made me the luckiest woman in the world.
"I was only recently saying to my family that Danny was the sort of person that if someone said to him 'there's a big palace just up the road that you can go and live in if you want?' he would turn to them and say he was happy where he was on our boat with me.
"He was full of life, really content and happy with his lot. He loved living here."
A police spokesman said officers received a call from a member of the public at around 8pm on Sunday, reporting that they had discovered the body of a man in the water.
He was identified the same night as Mr Vallory.
A spokesman said: "Mr Vallory left his house boat, moored at the marina, and walked to the local post office but did not return home."
An eight-day search saw police conduct house-to-house inquiries and the force helicopter was also scrambled as the team tried to find the missing man.
Mrs Vallory, 65, said she and her husband used to run a pub in Bedfordshire but moved to Shardlow five years ago.
She said: "Everyone at the marina has been such a great support to us. We can't thank them enough for what they have done to keep our spirits up.
"The police have also been absolutely fantastic and again we can't thank them enough for everything they did to try and find my husband."
Mrs Vallory, who has her son, Jamie, 40, and other family members with her, said she hoped that the results of today's post-mortem examination would provide answers as to how her husband's body ended up in the marina.
She said: "Hopefully I will be able to find that out.
"He was just such a lovely man, always happy.
"You know how some people wake up in the morning a bit grumpy?
"Well Danny was never like that. He loved life too much."
A force spokesman confirmed it was preparing a file for the coroner.
A spokesman for the coroner said a date has yet to be set for an inquest to start.