Philip Tron was the son of June and Keith Tron and father of Olivia.He was the twin brother of Rachel and the brother of Andrew, Michael and Victoria. Philip was 32 years old at the time of his death on 22nd May 2017.
Philip was a larger‑than‑life character.“the most recognisable big smile”. He was a “family-loving guy” who would get the older generation up on the dancefloor at family functions, even those in wheelchairs, and twirl them around the floor. Family was the most important thing to Philip and, above all, he wanted to find the right partner, settle down and have more children.He was a joker, hugely likeable and had
I heard much about Philip’s practical skills. There was not a job that he would not try to do and he became the “go-to person” for family and friends needing jobs carried out. His sister Vicky joked that Philip was a “jack of all trades and master of none”.
In 2016, Philip’s practical skills led him to secure a job at a water conservation company, which involved working with his hands and suited him perfectly.“smile and cheeky grin” when talking to customers and for being “a great source of one-liners”.He had previously worked at the Gateshead Arms pub, where he was remembered for his
His happy‑go‑lucky character meant that he had many friends.“heaven has a new Geordie ambassador. He’ll be waiting up there to greet you and even get you a pint, but it’ll be your round!” Philip’s spirit of fun has left his loved ones with many happy memories. He will live on through those.I heard that Philip had a reputation for practical jokes and also for shying away from buying a round of drinks, much to the amusement of his family. His friends reflected that
Events of 22nd May 2017
Philip had attended the Arena with his ‘mam’ June, girlfriend Deborah Hutchinson and Deborah’s daughters Courtney and Nicole Boyle.Nicole had a ticket to the Ariana Grande concert and they were dropping her off. They spent time in Manchester shopping and sightseeing, and while Nicole was at the concert, the rest of the group went out for dinner.
They returned to the car after their meal, where they waited for the concert to finish.June recalls she was having a jokey argument with Philip because he had written rude words in her quiz book. This kind of prank was typical of Philip, and as he and Courtney left to collect Nicole, June remembers laughing with him. Philip and Courtney entered the City Room at 22:22:11 from the direction of Manchester Victoria Railway Station.