TRIBUTES are pouring in for former Exmouth Grammar School pupil Mark Lee, who died suddenly last week. Described by friends as a lovely man with a big heart , Mark, 59, died from serious brain injuries following an accident.
TRIBUTES are pouring in for former Exmouth Grammar School pupil Mark Lee, who died suddenly last week.
Described by friends as a 'lovely man with a big heart', Mark, 59, died from serious brain injuries following an accident.
An internet tribute page set up on social networking site Facebook has been flooded with tributes from those touched by Mark's sense of humour and zest for life.
Friend Luke King said: "Thank you for the good times. A life time of witty banter ahead and you had to leave suddenly!
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"I am truly sorry that you are gone but I am certain you will be remembered."
Clive Bishop said: "Such a sad and tragic loss to everyone who knew him. You will be forever remembered in our hearts."
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Mark's family moved to Exmouth in 1964 when his father, Leo, took up a post at Rolle College.
Mark joined the 4th year at Exmouth Grammar School, and was immediately identified as sounding 'like the Beatles', as he had a slight northern accent, which stood out amidst the Devon voices.
He played rugby all winter and took part in athletics events through the summer.
Sister Barbara Mason, of St Sevan Way, said: "He had a robust sense of humour, which didn't always go down well with teachers, especially when he collaborated with friends to paint the school roof with a slogan relating to the headteacher."
When Mark left school in 1968 he trained as a teacher.
Later he and his wife Gina, and their two daughters, settled on the Isle of Wight, where Mark was headteacher of a primary school.
He took early retirement in 2008 and spent his free time doing things he enjoyed - sailing, windsurfing, and cycling.
On the Sunday before he died, he and friends completed a 70-mile, round the island cycle trip.
His sister Barbara said: "Everyone was hugely shocked and incredulous that such a thing could happen from one day to the next."
Mark's funeral is on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday October 6.
Mark's Facebook page, Mark Andrew Lee 04.07.1950-23.09.2009, shows photos of Mark at various stages of his life, as well as details of the funeral arrangements.
Leave a tribute to Mark at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk