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Mark Herrington

Picture of Mark Herrington.

This has been added to the RNLI site a year after Mark’s tragic and untimely death on 24 September 2009, at the age of just 41.

From Bath originally, Mark moved to Glasgow in 1989 to start a career in housing and regeneration. He chose Scotland as his home largely because of his love of the Scottish countryside and of the waters off Scotland’s coast.

Through hill walking, diving, and sailing, Mark pursued his passion for Scotland’s outdoors and waters. In these pursuits as in all his activities, Mark was an engaging character, full of enthusiasm, wit, and commitment; pushing himself and others to do that bit more; sometimes, especially when dinghy sailing, with unfortunate but often hilarious results.

Mark and his growing family settled in Largs, on Scotland’s Clyde Coast, and Mark expanded his interest in sailing, taking an interest in larger boats. With friends, he purchased his first yacht; this was a 23ft Hunter Sonata, and Mark named her Jonpanda. He became increasingly active in both Largs and Fairlie sailing clubs and in 2009, sailed Jonpanda in his first race series.

As a diver and sailor, Mark was keenly aware of the importance of the work done by the RNLI.

Mark is sorely missed by his partner, Fiona, and their three lovely children, daughter Eva and sons Finlay and Ruairi. He also left behind a wider circle of family and friends with many happy memories of a wonderful man, who still had so much to give.

It's not just what you're born with
It's what you choose to bear
It's not how big your share is
But how much you can share
And it's not the fights you dreamed of
But those you really fought
It's not what you've been given
It's what you do with what you've got

“What You Do With What You've Got”, by Si Kahn
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

Added by: Fiona Murdoch on 24 September 2010.

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Picture of Mark Herrington.
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