Service to say goodbye to ‘happy-go-lucky chap’ tomorrow (Thursday, August 13) at Pip & Jim’s Church

The funeral of well-liked Ilfracombe man Nick Perrin will take place tomorrow (Thursday) at Pip & Jim's Church in the town.

MS Oldenburg rope handler Mr Perrin, 58, was killed when he fell from the pier and there has been a flurry of tributes from people around Ilfracombe.

A statement released on behalf of the family by his cousin Mark Perrin said he was a 'happy-go-lucky chap' who always saw the fun side of life

He was a keen angler and photographer, often taking early morning walks with his beloved dogs.

"He lived for Ilfracombe harbour and the boating fraternity, so we feel that he died doing what he loved in a place he enjoyed," the family said.

"The family would like to place on record their thanks to several groups of people. Firstly, the crew members from the Oldenburg who were first at the scene and who tried so hard to save Nick.

"Secondly, the crew of the Ilfracombe inshore lifeboat - it would have been a difficult shout for them as they almost certainly knew Nick. Also to the Westcountry Ambulance Crew who worked tirelessly trying to save him.

"Also we were told that the Devon Air Ambulance was put on standby if required so thanks to them as well.

"Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have also been very supportive throughout this difficult time.

"Lastly, a big thanks to all those who have posted such lovely comments about Nick on the various Facebook pages. We can't name you all but you know who you are."

The funeral service at Pip & Jim's starts at 1pm, with family flowers only.

However, donations can be made to Devon Air Ambulance and Ilfracombe RNLI, either at the service or c/o AD Williams Funeral Directors, 31a, Portland St, Ilfracombe, 01271 866332.