Tributes have poured in over the weekend for Mark Crick, 47, of Primrose Way, Stamford, who died while snorkelling the Caribbean.
Family members have been leading the tributes, with friends and colleagues also contributing:
Mark was my big brother. Always there to keep me in line and tell me where I was going wrong. He never stood in judgement over anyone, he just accepted them for who they were. Never have I met anyone who was so dedicated to everything they did in life, wife, children, work, hobbies, you name it he gave it his all. His 2 boys are an absolute credit to him and his wife. I wish I had spent more time with him but never will be able to now his life has ended so cruely. We will all make sure his work and personal achievements are never forgotten.
I am Mike Crick, Mark’s father. I am very proud of Mark and all he acheived in his short life. I could not have wished for a better son, he has never been in any trouble, he was a fabulous husband to Helga and father to his two sons Ben and Tom. I live in Devon and it was nice to see Mark and the boys for a few days before he went to the Carribean on his fateful trip. I have lost my son and a good mate. I will do my upmost to look after Helga and the boys and hope i can be half the mentor Mark was. As a family we are spread over the country but always at the end of a phone for a chat. He also leaves two sisters Jackie and Kim, who also looked up to their big brother. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Regards Mike
Andrew and I were shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden loss of Mark. He was a great family man; a devoted husband to Helga and a loving father to the boys. He was also a friend to many within the local community. I have known Mark for 12 years since I moved to Stamford and consider myself very fortunate to have had him as a neighbour. He will be greatly missed by all those that knew him.
With love and condolences to the family.
So sorry to hear about Mark’s death. He helped the Estate with a conservation project to restore populations of the rare Barberry Carpet Moth liaising between Burghley and Dr Paul Waring (Natural England) Lepidopterist. He recognised the Estate had a remnant population of the Native Barberry Plant in a hedgerow near Barnack .The moth depends almost entirely on this plant for its life cycle He also helped us source a nursery so we could plant more Barberry around the Estate which I do at every opportunity .
He was incredibly enthusiastic in all aspects of conservation and was an incredibly decent guy . A big loss. My thoughts are with his family. Peter Glassey Head Forester Burghley Estate
I knew Mark when I worked with him at Posford Duvuvier Environment in the late 1990s. He was a lovely bloke. Very knowledgeable but also modest and unassuming. He loved his science and he loved the environment around him. Nathan Richardson
I have only just heard this really sad news. I got to know Mark’s work when I was in the post of Wildlife Officer for Peterborough City Council. Mark was the previous Wildlife Officer so I got to know his work and style really well. It was impossible to miss that he was held in high esteem and affection by colleagues and community groups. Having taken up where Mark left off I also developed the greatest professional respect for his work and always enjoyed running into him in Peterborough and sharing the experiences/reminiscences of working for Peterborough City.
Mark was a fine ecologist and a cracking bloke.
Please pass on my condolences.
Lawrence Way was his manager at the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in Peterborough for three years and knew him for eight. The organisation advises the Government on environmental issues.
Mr Way said: “Mark was an extremely thoughtful person, he was always looking to help people out.
“He was constantly making jokes and accepted people for who they were, whatever their eccentricities.
“Mark was very determined and cared a lot about what he did. He was indefatigable.
Dave Bromwich, head of nature reserves for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, worked with Mark in Horncastle for six years. He said: “He was my line manager while I was based at Whisby nature park. When I started there it was a disused gravel pit and a dilapidated wooden shed. Over the next seven years, working with Mark and the support of the district and county councils, we transformed it into the reserve it is now, with a £3 million visitor centre and 100,000 visitors a year.
“It was a really enjoyable time. We formed a really good group with the same vision. The park rose from nothing into what is a superb centre, and Mark was hugely instrumental in that.
“He left in 1997 and less than a year later I ended up sitting at his desk in my new position. We kept in touch after he moved to Stamford and worked with him on a couple of projects.
“Mark was a conservation officer, he did a lot of work for the trust across the country. He was involved in a lot of big schemes and visions.
“Mark was great to work with, he was good fun even when he was under a lot of pressure. He loved what he did. He was inspirational to work alongside. He had a great vision for the countryside and a brilliant outlook on life.
“He was very good at the paperwork side but he was most at home in the field. He was an excellent botanist, and when he moved to Stamford he started volunteering at the Great Casterton Road Banks reserve near his home.
“I never heard anyone say a bad word about him.”
As well as his work and volunteering at the Great Casterton Road Panks reserve near his home, Mark was involved in Stamford Arts Centre and came up with the idea for last year’s Stamford Festival of Ghosts.
Kim Taylor, head of marketing at the arts centre, worked closely with Mark to get the event up and running.
She said: “The festival wouldn’t have happened without him, it was all his idea.
“He had an infectious enthusiasm about the whole thing and he put his heart and soul into it.
“Not only that, but he was a fantastic patron and advocate for the arts centre. He would always come down to shows, and his boys were involved with a lot of the acting classes.
“He will be sorely missed, he was just such a great guy.”
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