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Tributes to Jon Csehi pour in after his death in a motorbike crash

By West Briton  |  Posted: April 25, 2013

By Miles Davis, West Briton

  • ------ Jon Csehi, who died in a motorcycle crash on the Orkney Islands.

  • Jon Csehi, right, pictured with Nick Histon when they were in training for rowing across the Atlantic.

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A YOUNG father and former Royal Marine has died in a motorcycle crash on the Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Jon Csehi, "a devoted husband and father", leaves his wife Kim, a primary school teacher in Truro, and their five-month-old daughter Emily.

Mr Csehi, 29, served in Afghanistan and rowed across the Atlantic. Colleagues described him as "one of our brightest stars", who "made the absolute most of life and achieved greatness".

Mr Csehi, a former Truro College student, came off his motorcycle on the A961 between the islands of Holm and Lambholm on the remote Orkney Islands. Police were called at 7.20pm on Saturday and no other vehicles were involved.

His widow said: "Tell the world what an amazing man he was and what an amazing husband and father he has been."

Mr Csehi had been living at Mount Hawke but had recently moved to Probus.

It is thought he had retrained in renewable energy at the Tremough campus in Penryn following a distinguished career with the Royal Marines and was working as project manager of a tidal turbine scheme in Scotland.

Nick Histon, Jon's transatlantic rowing partner, said: "Jon Csehi was a remarkable man: A wonderful husband, a devoted father, a perfect son and a loyal friend.

"I was fortunate enough to know Jon for 25 years and felt privileged to be a part of his life.

"The highlight of my time with Jon was in 2008 when we rowed across the Atlantic as part of the Atlantic rowing race. Jon showed incredible determination, resilience, strength and spirit to meet the challenge.

"He finished the race in second place, only five hours behind the first-placed boat. There are very few people in life that make a genuine impact on the world: Jon Csehi did."

His colleagues and employers, Falmouth-based Mojo Maritime, said his death had caused "great sadness and immense pain".

His childhood friend and colleague at Mojo, Simon Hindley, said: "Jon was a true friend, mischievous, great fun, kind and with a keen eye for adventure. He will be missed."

Managing director Richard Parkinson described Mr Csehi as "a devoted husband and father who surrounded himself with his family. The entire Mojo team are absolutely devastated at losing one of our brightest stars.

"He excelled in everything he was tasked with and rapidly progressed to project manager.

"He was incredibly talented and we had huge plans for his future.

"Jon always made the absolute most of life and achieved greatness."

Mr Csehi, who grew up in Par and went to Fowey School, was said to be extremely gifted academically and on the race track and rugby field.

After attending Truro College, he joined Royal Marine 42 Commando, where he was awarded many commendations, performing several deployments, including serving in Afghanistan.

At the time of his accident Mr Csehi was project manager for the installation of the Voith Hydro tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre.

It was a role in which his company said he had earned great respect and admiration from all involved.

Duty Sergeant David Hall, from Kirkwall Police Station on the Orkney Islands, said: "It's a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family at this time."

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  • 46hudson  |  August 26 2013, 12:32PM

    Jon was my stepson, a truly terrific guy who was very bright, had enormous talent coupled to his now widely known outstanding physical achievements and a great sense of humour. Here we are at the end of August, we can't really believe he's gone. I still expect him to turn up for a cuppa and a chat. He really did have everything to live for, such an awful tragedy... We all miss him very much.

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  • freespeech2  |  April 27 2013, 11:32AM

    Although we had only just met Jon and his wife Emily we welcomed them as friends and neighbours. They had everything to live for with the birth of Emily and this tragic news is devastating for everyone who knew him. Such a nice guy with a loving wife and child and of course a dog. You have left a hole in the neighbourhood and will be missed by us all. Rest in peace young Jon, the world was a better place with you in it. x

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