Friends, colleagues and family of a local businessman who became a paramedic paid tribute to him at his funeral last week.
Colin Grundy, of Thornham, died on February 12 a year after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 63.
Mr Grundy, who left one daughter Michelle, had been a successful businessman, as manager of the Mercedes Benz dealership in Cambridge and then owner of Rembrant’s Restaurant (now Thai Orchid), in Surrey Street, Lynn.
Born in Lincoln, Colin joined the East of England Ambulance Service in July 2010 as a student paramedic based at the King’s Lynn ambulance station in Holdings Lane.
Colleagues have spoken about how Mr Grundy chose to become a paramedic later in life and start a completely new career path.
Terry Hicks, senior locality manager for West Norfolk at the ambulance service, said Colin was always “positive and had lots of life experience”.
He said: “Colin changed career late in life to become a student paramedic and took to it as though he had been doing this for far longer.
“He was a proud, enthusiastic, and dedicated man, embodying everything that is good about the ambulance service.
“He will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him, leaving a legacy that it is never too old to take on a new challenge.”
Other colleagues said that “even in his last few weeks Colin was still wanting to be out in the ambulances doing the job he loved most”.
They also added that “he often spoke about how he wished he made the career change sooner”.
Many of those that knew him spoke about Colin’s lifelong passion for F1 racing.
After being diagnosed with cancer he decided to spend a weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Accompanied by a paramedic friend, he was able to be shoulder to shoulder with the rich and famous.
Family members said Colin described the “bucket list” trip as “the best weekend of his life”.
They also remarked how he was always a “lovely presence in the room”.
The funeral at Mintlyn Crematorium in Lynn was well attended by family, friends and colleagues, with the procession being led by the ambulance service, including uniformed paramedics riding their bicycles.
All donations at the funeral will be given to the Macmillan Cancer Support unit, which provides families with accommodation closer to loved ones in the Shouldham ward during the last few days of life.