Devon town in shock after sudden death of beloved community pillar

Tributes have been paid to "one of the kindest most genuine" people after the sudden death of a teaching assistant and Sea Cadet leader in Tiverton last week. The family of Mark Newsome announced his death last week. In a public tribute posted on social media, his wife Eleanor wrote: “Mark was universally loved and well known throughout Tiverton and wider.

“He was loved wholeheartedly by his wife Eleanor, his sons Ollie and Colben, his granddaughter Phoebe, dad Lawrence and late mum Ellen, his brothers Nigel, Graham and Simon and all respective nieces, nephews, partners, in laws as well as his cadet family, school community, cricket team mates, rugby friends and more.”

Heathcoat Primary School where he worked posted: “Mark has been a valued member of our team and hugely popular with staff and pupils at school, and will be missed terribly. He was such a huge part of the whole community.


“This has been a shock for us all, and we have been careful to ensure that those affected by this tragic loss have been made aware of Mark's passing with an appropriate level of care and support.

“Our deepest condolences go to Mark's family and friends at such a difficult time.”

Dozens of people posted on the Mid Devon Gazette Facebook page sharing their tributes and memories.

Tiverton Town Council member Kate Lejeune posted: “One of the kindest most genuine people you could ever meet. Mark would have time for anyone and everyone had so much respect for him. He did a huge amount for the community and will be missed by all. He leaves a huge hole that nobody will fill.”

Anna-Marie Southcott said: “The outpouring of love for Mark is testament to the man he was a true friend to so many. His cheeky smile and sense of humour could light up a room and I know our staff room is a little less bright without him in it. Missing him so much already devastated.”

Anna Mae wrote: “We were friends at school, he ran the bar at my wedding and always stopped to chat if he saw me. So much love to his wife, brothers and other family. Gone too soon.”

Caroline Goldsborough added: “I worked with Mark out at Cullompton Community College, he was a true gentleman and much respected by students and staff. He would always stop and chat whenever we bumped into each other. He will be greatly missed by all.”

Tanya Holman said: “Mark was such a lovely guy with a heart made of gold. A true gentleman that would help anyone no matter how big or small. Everyone who met Mark knew they had a friend for life. He will be missed by so many people young and old.“

And Pedro Bickley said: “’I’ve known him for all of my time in cadets. He was a committed member of the organisation and a really nice person. In my early days, we spent many weekends on duty together at HMS Raleigh for district and area events. He will be missed by many people.”

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