Touching tributes have been made to Mick Robinson MBE, a man well known to many in Haverhill and surrounding villages through his 41 years as a special police officer.
Mick, who was also a co-founder of the Kedington Easter Egg Hunt, died of cancer on July 29 at the age of 69, leaving behind his wife of 46 years, Barbara, son David and grandson Ben.
Born in Wickhambrook and raised in Hundon before moving to Kedington in 1967, Mick began his working life at HMP (Haverhill Meat Products) where he moved up to become foreman and then a security officer.
For the last ten years of his working life Mick worked as a clerk at Haverhill Police Station until his retirement in 2009.
He became a special constable in 1964, rising to the rank of inspector and in 2004 his commitment to public service saw him receive the MBE from the Queen. Despite the job’s challenges Mick’s cousin, David Rowlinson, recalled how his sense of humour never deserted him.
He said: “Part of his duties was recruiting and it was while interviewing a couple who he had already decided were ideal candidates that Mick said ‘youʼre a big lad, youʼll do’ adding, ‘weʼd better take the missus as well’.”
Mick also served on the Thurlow Steam Rally committee and regularly escorted the Kedington branch of the Royal British Legion’s standard at the Remembrance Day parade.
He was a founder member of the Kedington CB Club and under his chairmanship it helped with various activities and started the famous Kedington Easter Egg Hunt which was to run under its auspices for 32 years.
Mr Rowlinson added: “I think we can safely say that Mick lived life to the full and is a shining example of someone who gained fulﬁllment from volunteering- working alongside full-time officers, taking the same risks and serving the community.
“Mick will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues who I am sure will remember him as a very special Special.”
Yesterday (Wednesday, August 14) Haverhill police officers formed a guard of honour for Mick during his funeral at West Suffolk Crematorium.
Inspector Peter Ferrie, who began on the beat in Kedington and worked alongside Mick for many years, paid tribute to his late friend.
He said: “He was a wonderful bloke, a kind and generous man who would help everyone in the Haverhill station if he possibly could.
“He put in a lot of years of faithful service to the Queen and to serving Haverhill town, and received his MBE for that service. He was a special inspector throughout my time here so he will be very sadly missed by all at Haverhill Police Station.”