FAMILY members of a man who disappeared from Cobh some fifty years ago without a trace have renewed their appeal for information.
Originally from Suffolk, Edward John St Clere Perry moved to the Cork town in the 1970s and seemed to live a full life until his sudden disappearance.
Speaking to The Echo, his grandson, Carl Gallagher who lives in Warwickshire said that the unanswered questions have long since plagued the family.
"He set off one day on his boat with the contents of the house he was living in with his partner Susan and was never seen again and there is no record of his death.
"Our family has been searching for him since the 1970s.
"He would be deceased now.
"He has five surviving children, all pensioners now, who all would dearly like to know what happened to him, or any information of when he was living in Cobh," Carl said.
Known locally as 'John', Carl’s grandfather lived in a house in Glenmore and had a particular affinity for the sea.
"He was very adventurous so was happy on the water.
"The position of the house in Glenmore would have been perfect for him, being so close to the sea.
"He used to have his boat on the beach right outside the house," he said.
Carl now intends to write to the owner of the property to see if they could be of any assistance in solving his family mystery.
John’s other love was art and he was an avid painter.
"He became a painter and potter in Cobh and used to sail to Cork to sell his work.
"We have one small painting of a beach hut scene in Southwold that he painted.
"I’m sure there would be some of his surviving work still in Cork," Carl said.
"My grandfather was also very musical and had a good singing voice, he could play the piano and organ," he added.
Carl’s uncle was searching for answers years ago in Cobh and was told that a Mr McLoughlin was friends with his grandfather.
"They were co sailors who met in Waterford Harbour.
"They would go out sailing together in their boats.
"One day Mr McLoughlin called round to the house and it was empty.
"The boat was gone too and there was no sign of John or Susan.
"There has been no trace ever since.
"Mr McLoughlin also said that my grandfather was a reckless sailor and thought that it was possible that the boat overladen with their belongings would have tipped over and sunk, but we have no proof of that," Carl stated.
The family have made many attempts to find out what happened since the fateful day.
"We have my grandfather’s National Insurance number and have tried to locate his last whereabouts with that but Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Department for Work and Pensions won’t release any details, due to privacy laws, it’s very frustrating.
"If we could find out where the last place he claimed his pension was it would help.
"There is no record of his death or burial."
Carl is asking anyone with information to kindly make contact with him via email: firstname.lastname@example.org