8th February2010: Joe McIntyre's life had spiralled out of control after he had been prescribed painkillers following a work accident and subsquently became addicted to them. His debts mounting, he made the mistake of borrowing money off Rick Neelan, a violent loan shark who started to pressurise Joe to breaking point. Joe and his wife Gail went for a short break to Lake Windermere, sailing on his boat where he broke the news to a disbelieving Gail that he planned to fake his own death on the water so that he and his family would be free from Neelan. He would lie low in Ireland for seven years with a new identity and a new job, sending Gail money and waiting for the time that he could be declared dead and she could claim a large sum of insurance. Gail was horrified but was unable to stop him setting sail into the dark night, However, a gust of wind knocked the boom into Joe who fell into the freezing water where he drowned.
Jerry Booth was a Coronation Street resident and longstanding partner of Len Fairclough in building firm Fairclough and Booth in the 1960s and 1970s. Jerry arrived in the Street in 1962 and served his apprenticeship with Len, the elder builder taking the naive youngster under his wing. A nervous but kind-hearted man, Jerry hoped to marry his sweetheart Sheila Birtles in 1963 but ended up marrying the imprudent Myra Dickinson in haste instead. The Booths had lived at 13 Coronation Street for six months when debt incurred from Myra's compulsive spending on Hire Purchase forced them to give up the house and move in with Myra's parents. They separated in 1965 when their daughter was stillborn and Jerry returned to Coronation Street, where he became Len's business partner. In 1968, Jerry's divorce came through and he left the Street again. Three years later, he returned to find work and was taken on by Len, who was now in partnership with Ray Langton. Jerry was effectively Len and Ray's housekeeper at No.9, where he was given lodgings, but in 1973 after he rescued the business he was made a partner again. He died suddenly from a heart attack in 1975.
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