TRIBUTES continue to pour in for Mark Crick, who died
while snorkelling the Caribbean.
Family members have led the testimonials to Mr Crick, a 47-year-old father-of-two who lived in Primrose Way, Stamford.
Mike Crick, Mark’s father said: “I am very proud of Mark and all he achieved 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 have lost my son and a good mate. I will do my utmost to look after Helga and the boys and hope I can be half the mentor Mark was.”
Kim Lowndes, Mark’s sister, said: “He was 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 boys are an absolute credit to him and his wife. We will make sure his achievements are never forgotten.”
Peter Glassey, head forester at Burghley Estate, worked with Mark on a conservation project.
He said: “Mark was incredibly enthusiastic in all aspects of conservation and was an incredibly decent guy. My thoughts are with his family.”
Nathan Richardson worked with Mark at Posford Duvuvier Environment.
He said: “He was a lovely bloke. Very knowledgeable but also modest and unassuming.
“He loved his science and the environment around him.”
Brian Armstrong, another former colleague, added: “I got to know Mark’s work when I was in the post of wildlife officer for Peterborough City Council.
“It was impossible to miss that he was held in high esteem and affection by colleagues and community groups.
“Mark was a fine ecologist and a cracking bloke.”
Friends Leonie and Paul said: “We are both so saddened to hear of Mark’s untimely death.
“Helga, Ben and Tom please accept our sincere condolences from your dear friends in New Zealand.”
Mark’s funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday at Ketton Green Burial Park.
Black is not to be worn at the request of the family. Donations can be made to Peterborough Streets care of RJ Scholes, St George’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BJ.