Player who died at South Molton was ‘best dad, husband, brother and the friend in the world’

The family of the Totnes rugby player who died during a game at South Molton on Saturday has paid tribute to ‘the best dad, husband, brother and friend in the world’.

Mark Levy, 51, was playing for Totnes Quins in a second XV match at Govier Park when he collapsed on the pitch. He was later pronounced dead at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

Mr Levy, who trained AA patrolmen, was a husband to Karon Hollingsworth, a brother to Simon Levy and father to Fiona, 18, and Charlotte, 14.

His eldest daughter Fiona will remember him as ‘a very caring man who always tried his best for his family’.

“We know he loved us all very much,” she said. “Dad was a man of few words who just got on with the job and was a good listener.

“Dad died playing the sport he loved and surrounded by his rugby friends. As a family we would like to thank everyone who was involved in helping dad, from the rugby guys to the NHS.

“He was the best father, brother and friend we could have ever hoped for.”

Mr Levy lived an interesting and diverse life, living in France for a spell as a child and spending a large part of his life as a scuba instructor. Scuba diving, along with travelling, became one of his favourite pastimes to do with wife, Karon.

The pair met while travelling in India, and also visited the Himalayas, Africa and Australia.

Mr Levy also leaves a positive legacy as an organ donor.