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Richard Martin

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Richard Martin loved the peace that he got from being on the sea. It was a really good antidote to the pressures of his job as the operational manager for Wiltshire’s Youth Development Service. Richard was a sensitive, loyal and dedicated man and was both respected and loved by his staff. The letters, cards, comments and calls that we have received all point to the high level of admiration that was felt for him and the shock that has been expressed indicates how much he will be missed. He is irreplaceable.

Richard gave unstinting support to the service and the young people of Wiltshire and in his 34 years was never seen to let anyone down. He worked tirelessly for the common good, never pausing to focus on himself, always seeking to ensure that, in whatever role, he did a good job.

Over those 34 years Richard probably carried out every function within the service; he managed a residential centre, youth centres, sports centres and was a founder member of the quality development team, undertaking week long inspections of all the provision. He sought out quality, always looking to provide praise, although never failing to offer advice and support when this was needed. He was a fair but firm manager, a very positive role model and a real advocate for the needs of young people. He was a good and gentle man.

Richard’s death has come as a painful reminder to all of his family and friends that our lives can be shortened by sudden illness but it is through his life that he has also reminded us all that true friendship and love will never die. He will be remembered and treasured by all who came into contact with him.

Richard experienced what many supporters of the RNLI, thankfully, haven’t experienced, in that he had need to be rescued by the Yarmouth lifeboat when his and Graham’s yacht, Talisman, was dismasted on the approach to the Solent. His praise for the lifeboat crew and the calm professionalism that they exuded was often quoted by him. This is why, instead of flowers, Richard’s wife, Sue, has asked that donations be made to the RNLI.

Added by: David Whewell on 9 February 2008.

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