TRIBUTES have been pouring in after the death of Rick Passmore, whose Cockington carriage business was a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Mr Passmore's family broke the news on Facebook in a post which said: "We would just like to say that yesterday on September 11th 2013 at 15.45, our Dad, our friend, our Father Rick Passmore passed peacefully from this world after a long dignified and unbelievably brave battle with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.
"He slipped away surrounded by me, my brother, my sister and his family from the beautiful surroundings of the Rowcroft Hospice, in his beloved Torquay.
"His unwavering strength and subconscious determination were the only things that made this possible, and it makes the three of us so proud to not only have known him, but to also be his children and have the true privilege to carry on his legacy through our lives and that of his whole family.
"We understand our legend of a Dad touched many lives and that a lot of you would like to be able to show your respect so there will be arrangements to follow asap for a church service for everyone, private family cremation followed by a wake that we would love everybody to come to.
"In the meantime we would like to thank everybody from the bottom of our hearts for all the kind words and prayers of support.
"We are all touched and proud of our Dad for making so many people happy. Instead of flowers we would appreciate any donation to be made to either Rowcroft Hospice or to Rick Passmore's Cockington Carriage Company to care for his horses.
"Love you Dad, goodnight, God bless to our Hero, Dani, Kelly and Marc xxx"
Facebook was immediately flooded with tributes and comments.
Among them were:
Anne Bolger He was a part of Cockington, can never be replaced. his smile, his wave, it won't be the same without him. xxxx R.I.P.
Liz-Paul Cooper RIP Rick; Cockington has lost a character but gained a bright star shining over the stables
Geoff Ennals Always the nice people sorry for your loss RIP : (
Jo Toffolo How terribly sad....Cockington won't be the same without him....my thoughts are with you all
Jane Grasse Sorry for your loss. Will remember seeing your Dad there every time we visit Cockington - we saw him there so many times over the years.
Ben Johnson RIP Rick I had only met him a few times but every time he was always smiling a great guy, really sorry for your loss!
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The English Riviera A very sad day, our thoughts are with you at this time. English Riviera Tourism Company
Peter Jordan Was a lovely man who always had time for a chat, laugh and a pint with after cricket. Thoughts are will you all x
Ross Warner RIP to a true friend and gentleman. Devastated by your tragic loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you
Mandy 'No Keys' Carlino One of Cockington's legends ...... Will be so missed ........