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Tributes paid to former King's Lynn harbour master stalwart

The ashes of the former harbour master in Lynn will be scattered in The Wash at the request of the family.

Captain David Garside passed away peacefully at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on June 26 at the age of 81 having been the harbour master from 1967 to 1999.

The King’s Lynn Conservancy Board will offer their services to ensure they have a boat ready to scatter Mr Garside’s ashes as a mark of respect.

The Conservancy Board office, King's Lynn
The Conservancy Board office, King's Lynn

Captain Patrick Jary said: “Lots of the people who are here now did work under him and he was well thought of and well respected.

“His wife and his family have been in touch with me via email over the last week to let me know he has passed away. Other members of staff knew him and have said he was quite a character. Back then, the harbour master had a role within the council.”

The former harbour master and chief executive of the King’s Lynn Conservancy Board leaves behind his beloved wife Christine and children Nicholas and Gail, as well as grandchildren Eleanor, Ben and Alicia.

Tributes have been posted on social media in response to the news Mr Garside had died.

Lynda Tony said he was captain of the Lynn Sea Cadets for a while and “helped in so many ways”.

Former West Norfolk mayor Nick Daubney posted: “I’m so sorry to hear this. I know my dad held Captain Garside in very high regard . He taught him a great deal about navigation.”

Another social media user who was taught by Mr Garside also said the former harbour master will be “greatly missed”.

Bob Tinkler added: “He taught me navigation at the Tec years ago. When asked by a student “Whats the best type of bilge pump?” he replied “A frightened man with a bucket” A great loss.”

Similarly, Jim Dexter paid tribute and posted: “A very knowledgeable man was Captain Garside, [he] always had my respect. Sad day losing him. R.I.P captain.”

The family have requested donations if desired to www.parkinsons.org.uk.

A statement on the website says: “We’re the Parkinson’s charity that drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.”

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