In­dus­try mourns AKVA man

Fish Farmer - - United Kingdom News -

AKVA Group Scot­land said its UK and Ire­land sales man­ager, Derek Smith, who has died aged 52 af­ter a short ill­ness, was an AKVA man through and through.

Di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive form of pan­cre­atic and liver can­cer in June, Smith re­mained op­ti­mistic and pos­i­tive to the end, said the com­pany.

Highly re­spected by both his AKVA col­leagues and cus­tomers, Smith had an en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of the com­pany’s prod­ucts and was pas­sion­ate about the aqua­cul­ture sec­tor.

‘When not in work, Derek was a fam­ily man, with a great love of the out­doors,’ said AKVA’s Scot­tish team.

‘If he wasn’t fish­ing, he was moun­tain bik­ing, if he wasn’t moun­tain bik­ing, then he’d be out bird spot­ting, whilst walk­ing the hills and moun­tains of Scot­land.

‘His two other pas­sions re­volved around foot­ball and mu­sic.A Ca­ley This­tle sea­son ticket holder and a staunch sup­porter of the Tar­tan Army, he was of­ten found with his wife, Linda, at the home of Scot­tish foot­ball cheer­ing on his team.

‘His tastes in mu­sic were broad and var­ied and he was a huge fan of live per­for­mances, the heav­ier and louder the bet­ter!’

Smith’s di­ag­no­sis came af­ter he re­turned from his an­nual fish­ing pil­grim­age to Sim­mer Dim on

Shetland on June 20. His col­leagues said he was very fo­cused and good hu­moured in his last weeks, but ‘the com­bi­na­tion of two ag­gres­sive can­cers was too much for even Derek to fight’.

‘He will al­ways be re­mem­bered for his hu­mour, kind­ness, knowl­edge and pas­sion for all things fishy,’ said the com­pany.

‘He is a huge loss to AKVA Group, and to his many friends and col­leagues.

‘Our thoughts, prayers and sin­cer­est con­do­lences are with his wife, daugh­ter and sis­ters, who were with him when he passed.’

Smith’s fu­neral was held on July 27 at In­ver­ness Cre­ma­to­rium. Do­na­tions can be made in sup­port of the High­land Hospice and the Pan­cre­atic Can­cer re­search fund.

Above: Derek Smith, fish­ing pas­sion

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