TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘kind’ young Chester man who drowned while kayaking off Anglesey with his girlfriend.
Simon Sait, 34, of Christleton Road, Boughton, was a keen photographer, cyclist, environmentalist and supporter of good causes including mental health charity Mind.
Simon was kayaking with partner Christine Willis off Traeth Mawr, near Aberrfaw, last Wednesday, taking pictures of seals, when they became separated and both their craft capsized.
Christine made it to shore and scrambled up a cliff to raise the alarm. An RAF Valley search and rescue helicopter was dispatched along with the lifeboat but Simon died despite being airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor.
Christine, 35, from Warrington said: "I met him on August the 26th last year but feel like I have known him my whole life. I loved him more than I can ever imagine and always will. He was such a kind, considerate man to me and everyone. He did lots of charity work and wanted to save the planet. A true believer in the phrase one man can make a difference – and he can – Simon did!"
Simon, who attended Bangor University, was originally from Sussex but had previously lived with his then fiancee Cheryl Buxton in Pontybodkin, near Mold, with whom he was still friends.
A senior computer software engineer, he was project manager at Stopford Information Systems Ltd in Chester Steam Mill.
His mum Rosemary, father Solomon and sister Rowena, 31, have travelled up to Chester from Sussex.
His dad said his son, a West Ham supporter, had expressed the view at his grandfather’s funeral that he would like a woodland burial, which was what they hoped to arrange.
His sister Rowena said: "He has blessed us all by being in our lives. I will always be a better person because of him."