Tributes have been pouring in for a dynamic young Luton businessman and keen rugby player who was killed in a road traffic collision on Saturday.
The father of 33-year-old Indigo Residential estate agent Mark Davey said his son’s tragic death had left the family “with a hole on our hearts which is beyond description.”
Mark, who went to Lealands High School, Sundon Park, and has a younger sister Sarah, 30, was staying with his parents in Brompton Close, Luton.
Dad Chris Davey added: “As a teenager he fought Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“On the day he was diagnosed he had no idea what the future would hold and our wonderful son decided to live life to the fullest.
“He forged a successful career in property, loved sport and found a home at Luton Rugby Club which just seemed to fit him like a glove.
“He was a wonderful man who helped anyone who asked for his support. He had an endless desire to be there for those in need.
“He made countless contributions to charity, not simply money but also putting himself at real physical effort and risk. He was someone who showed genuine empathy and sympathy.”
Luton Rugby Club director Paul Allen said training last night (September 16) had been cancellled so club members could visit the scene of the accident with police and Mark’s family to pay tribute to this “unbelievably enthusiastic character.”
Mr Allen added: “He was with friends at the time he died and they were travelling behind him – I know it has taken a chunk out of them. It is an absolute tragedy and I can’t imagine what his family are goimg through.”
Club chairman Mark Turner said: “Mark embraced the sport on the field and off it.
“He was massively well liked by players from all teams and always had a smile on his face.
“The club is stunned by his loss but it pales into insignificance compared to the loss to his family.”
Tributes have also been left on Bedfordshire Police website.
Hazel Hughes wrote: “God bless, sleep well Mr Nice Guy Mark Davey” while Qamar Din said: “A great guy - we bought all our properties from him. Our condolences are with his family.”
Kibby SwaggaMama called Mark “a cheeky charmer with the banter” and Paulette Nanton said: “RIP in the arms of the angels.”
> The accident happened at 5.50pm on the southbound carriageway of the A6 near Wixams in Bedford when Mark was driving an Audi.
A police spokesman said: “The driver of the black Porsche 911 involved in the the collision did not stop.
“Officers are appealing to the public to help trace this person and the vehicle.”
Anyone with information should contact Police Sergeant Stefanie Crichton, in confidence, on 101, or text 07786 200011.