A large crowd attended a thanksgiving service at Eye Community Centre for Mark Timothy Wilby, son of Owen and Veronica Wilby of Eye, who died suddenly at his home, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA on January 17.
Mark was born in Paisley in 1972, moving with his family at the age of five to Eye where he attended Eye Primary School and Hartismere High School and later Diss High School’s sixth form.
He worked at Waveney Fish Farm at weekends and holidays before taking an engineering course at Norwich City College.
Part of the course was at Lotus Engineering in Hethel where he began his lifelong association with the firm straight after college.
He worked on many engineering projects for Lotus including the Vauxhall Corsa and on the test track for their sports cars.
He was then sent out in America as co-ordinating engineer on a three-way project with General Motors, Opel (Germany) and Lotus, jet setting back and forth across the Atlantic.
He then settled in the USA with Lotus Engineering rising to the post of Chief Engineer.
Marks’s father, Owen, giving the eulogy, said his son had packed a lot into his 42 years and would be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.
He had been described by an American colleague as “the epitome of a hugely reliable, dependable and capable engineer, a rare commodity.”
Mark’s sister Jenny, who also read a poem, related personal memories in her tribute to her much loved brother.
Family, friends and former colleagues walked to Eye Cemetery for the scattering of ashes.
Donations for the British Heart Foundation and the RSPB totalled £650.