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Tragic end for 'inspirational' graduate engineer


MARK HOMER, one of civil engineering's brightest young stars, tragically died in a road accident in south Wales on 11 August.

The 25-year-old graduate engineer with contractor Kier was on his way to a church meeting at the end of a day working on the Milford Haven Liquified Natural Gas container construction project.

Kier managing director and Homer's supervising civil engineer Philip Cave described the graduate as 'inspirational'.

Cave said: 'As well as being exceptionally bright and enthusiastic, his common humanity shone through; he shall be sorely missed.' Cave added that the company had recently given Homer extended leave to pursue charitable activities.

Homer was a former NCE Graduate of the Year finalist, and told the magazine last year that his main aims were to combine engineering, politics and promoting sustainability. This was demonstrated by the fact he convinced his university to change its energy supplies from fossil fuels to renewables.

Homer had a first class MEng degree from Loughborough University, and had spent time in Ghana - working on small scale engineering projects with aid agency Tearfund - prior to joining Kier.

His funeral was on Wednesday 23 August.

Homer's family said donations to the charity would be welcome in place of floral tributes. www. tearfund. org.

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