Almary Green has lost a much loved and respected member of its advice team: Mark Ring. Mark, who was aged 49 and leaves a wife and three daughters, died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Sunday 6 November.
The loss of Mark has come as a devastating blow for family, friends, clients and colleagues. Mark was respected throughout the Norfolk professional circle: he was known for his clear-sightedness, his gentle, caring approach and his quiet but keen sense of humour. He was genuinely interested in people and cared about them. All of his actions, whether personal or professional, came from a place of absolute integrity. As a Chartered Financial Planner, he had reached the top of his chosen profession for a second time: he initially qualified as an FCA with Norfolk accountants Larking Gowen.
Clients have been paying tribute to Mark since the news was announced on Monday, describing him as a dear, sweet man who handled their financial affairs with tact, skill and meticulous care. We’ve received many expressions of sadness from clients who feel they have lost a friend.
Professionally, Mark’s knowledge was second to none and he had a thoughtful analytical style which brought both logic and creativity to his client advice. Running through that, there was always an awareness of the human side of financial advice, of people’s worries and concerns and their life goals. He changed the lives of many people that sought advice from him with his encouragement and patience.
As a colleague, Mark enjoyed the trust and high regard of the whole Almary Green team. We will miss him on so many fronts. He was always generous with his time and his expertise, supporting fellow members of the advice team and back-office staff. He was a mentor to our graduate trainees and they found his knowledge and experience invaluable and his approach to clients one to replicate in their own careers. He was a key member of our investment committee, helping us to formulate our strategy and maintain the quality of our advice services. He was frank and direct: his views were always measured and relevant. Above all, he cared about the firm and about the people in it and his passing has left us with an immense sense of loss.
Former colleagues in Larking Gowen and other firms in the local area have also expressed their shock and sadness at his passing.
Mark was a hugely impressive runner, having run many marathons including the London and New York Marathons. He had recently celebrated achieving a sub three and a half hour personal best in the York Marathon. He used his marathon running to raise funds for charity, including the Norwich-based cancer charity, the Big C. He had many friends in Norwich Road Runners and had become involved in the Catton Parkrun.
The family have asked for any donations in his memory to be made to the Big C – see http://www.big-c.co.uk/.
Carl Lamb is managing director at Almary Green