Newport man who died after 20ft fall from window ‘may have been smoking’

South Wales Argus: DIED: Joni Brace, 33, of Caerleon DIED: Joni Brace, 33, of Caerleon

A MAN who fell 20 feet to his death out of a bedroom windowin a “tragic accident” may have been smoking a cigarette at the time, say his parents.

Carol and John Brace, the parents of 33-year-old Joni Brace, described their son as a “very warm loving boy” who was the heart of their home. Mrs Brace said she found her son’s body in the garden of their Caerleon home on Saturday and believes he must have fallen out of the window and hit his head on the wooden table outside.

She said her son may have been smoking a cigarette at the time of the fall.

Mrs Brace said her son had been working from 7am until 7pm on Friday and remembers him arriving home that night.

She said: “He kicked his shoes off, threw his coat down, had a shower and said ‘See you in the morning, I’m going on the XBox’. He said ‘love you’ as he went up the stairs.”

Mrs Brace said her son had been staying in to save money ahead of the family’s four-week trip to Australia on December 20 to spend Christmas with his brother Jamie and his family.

Mrs Brace said Joni always had a lie-in on a Saturday and was an avid Manchester United fan so she thought it strange he was not up to watch their game.

“The bedroom door was shut upstairs and I thought he was in there. When I went in, the window was open and I shut it. I just walked outside and there he was.”

She said he would have a cigarette now and again. She said this might have been why the window was open and said he had in the past sat on the window sill to smoke.

Mr Brace said the coroner confirmed their son had died of a head injury.

Joni, a former Lliswerry High School pupil, was a qualified engineer and had been working at International Rectifier for around the last three years.

Mrs Brace said: “He was generous, the heart of our home. He was such a darling boy.

“He was funny and had the most amazing giggle. He used to tell us every single day he loved us.”

She said he “lived and breathed football”, had “fantastic mates”, liked golf and loved a drink.

Mrs Brace said they are still in disbelief over his death.

“His shoes are still there where he kicked them off.

We just keep thinking he’s upstairs. His death is just a tragic accident. It’ll take us years to come to terms with it. We never will but we’ll soldier on. We’ve got amazing family and friends.”

She said they have had great support from family and friends and thanked people for their tributes on Facebook. She said: “A chain may open but it never breaks and the family are our links. They’re our rock at the moment.”

Gwent coroner’s office confirmed the death had been reported to them and said an inquest could be opened later this week.

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9:33am Tue 27 Nov 12

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

Terrible tragedy I am so sorry for the family of this young man who going by the report was a hard working loving man who will be sadly missed.
Terrible tragedy I am so sorry for the family of this young man who going by the report was a hard working loving man who will be sadly missed. SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY

10:01am Tue 27 Nov 12

easthopesbabygirl37 says...

such a lovely tribute to him he will be missed by all who new him r.i.p joni and god bless your family
such a lovely tribute to him he will be missed by all who new him r.i.p joni and god bless your family easthopesbabygirl37

11:39am Tue 27 Nov 12

sperduti says...

so very sorry to read this very tragic .
so very sorry to read this very tragic . sperduti

1:24pm Tue 27 Nov 12

RinglandBoy says...

Goodnight Godbless Joni boy !!!
Goodnight Godbless Joni boy !!! RinglandBoy

3:09pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

A number of utterly inappropriate comments have been removed. Please have some respect.
I do not want to deny family and friends the opportunity to leave their tributes here, but I will be forced to close the comments facility on this article if inappropriate, disrespectful comments continue to be posted.
A number of utterly inappropriate comments have been removed. Please have some respect. I do not want to deny family and friends the opportunity to leave their tributes here, but I will be forced to close the comments facility on this article if inappropriate, disrespectful comments continue to be posted. Kevin Ward - Editor

4:29pm Tue 27 Nov 12

corpamassive says...

My condolences to the Brace family.I never knew Joni,
But I like many others in Newport know or have known his Father who is a strong, warm, friendly gentleman who would do anything to help anyone out.
I hope the Brace,s can stay strong during this difficult time, you have the respect of everybody who knows you.
My condolences to the Brace family.I never knew Joni, But I like many others in Newport know or have known his Father who is a strong, warm, friendly gentleman who would do anything to help anyone out. I hope the Brace,s can stay strong during this difficult time, you have the respect of everybody who knows you. corpamassive

7:10pm Tue 27 Nov 12

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
A number of utterly inappropriate comments have been removed. Please have some respect.
I do not want to deny family and friends the opportunity to leave their tributes here, but I will be forced to close the comments facility on this article if inappropriate, disrespectful comments continue to be posted.
Good for you, what is wrong with some people
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: A number of utterly inappropriate comments have been removed. Please have some respect. I do not want to deny family and friends the opportunity to leave their tributes here, but I will be forced to close the comments facility on this article if inappropriate, disrespectful comments continue to be posted.[/p][/quote]Good for you, what is wrong with some people SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY

8:10pm Tue 27 Nov 12

welshmen says...

John, Carolyn, and Jamie (Australia) we are all thinking about you at this very sad time, Rest In Peace Johnny xxx
John, Carolyn, and Jamie (Australia) we are all thinking about you at this very sad time, Rest In Peace Johnny xxx welshmen

8:09am Wed 28 Nov 12

jups says...

the comments left on a R.I.P. Joni Brace facebook page will let the whole of Newport know how much this man was loved and respected...R.I.P Big Man x
the comments left on a R.I.P. Joni Brace facebook page will let the whole of Newport know how much this man was loved and respected...R.I.P Big Man x jups

6:29pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Samko ltd says...

I didn't,t know Joni but I know what a great family he has. I was absolutely devastated for the family when I heard this very sad news. Our thoughts are with John, Carolyn and the whole family at this sad sad time.
I didn't,t know Joni but I know what a great family he has. I was absolutely devastated for the family when I heard this very sad news. Our thoughts are with John, Carolyn and the whole family at this sad sad time. Samko ltd

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