BREAKING NEWS: Family pays tribute to Seaford man killed in Shoreham air crash
The family of a man who died in Saturday’s Shoreham Air Show tragedy has paid tribute to him.
Mark Reeves, 53, has been named as the latest victim of the Hawker Hunter jet horror at the weekend.
His family has this morning (Thursday) released a statement through Sussex Police.
They said he was a motorbiker, golfer, photographer, fund-raiser - but above all else, son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
“Mark died while he was combining two of his favourite hobbies having ridden his cherished Honda motorbike to Shoreham to photograph the planes at the airshow,” said the statement.
“As many times before he had travelled to an airshow and parked up on the outskirts to grab the best photos, but he had never been to the Shoreham Airshow before.
“We will remember him as a gentle, loving, incredibly giving family man, husband to Wendy, father to Luke, granddad to three beautiful grand-daughters, brother to Denise and loving son of Ann and Kenneth.
“With his family he moved to Seaford nine years ago, drawn by our love of the sea and for Mark in particular, love of the sun. He was a sun worshipper and an enthusiastic holidaymaker, travelling to Fuerteventura and Madeira in recent years and would often be seen relaxing with a cocktail in hand.
“He worked as a CAD technician in West London and lived life to the full, parachuting and abseiling for cancer charities and also having a go at para-gliding and gliding.
“He will be missed by so many, not least the doctors and staff at the Seaford medical practice where Wendy works, who, like everyone who met Mark, were touched by his generosity, caring nature and overwhelmingly genuine, caring nature.
“We thank everyone who has sent their love, condolences and prayers and while we appreciate that many others will be experiencing similar unspeakable grief in such tragic and public circumstances, that we now be allowed to grieve ourselves in private and in peace.”
So far 11 people are thought to have died when the aircraft failed to come out of a loop and crashed on the A27 during a display at the Shoreham event.
Investigators have warned it may be some weeks before formal identification of all the victims is made.
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