'Fit as fiddle' dad dies on stag weekend

A 'fit as a fiddle' father-of-two has died while go karting at his nephew's stag weekend.Property consultant Duncan Hickling, aged 42, was well-known across Britain as an active church camp and convention organiser.

A 'fit as a fiddle' father-of-two has died while go karting at his nephew's stag weekend.

Property consultant Duncan Hickling, aged 42, was well-known across Britain as an active church camp and convention organiser.

And his parents at Cromer say they are touched by the flood of messages that are pouring in from across the country paying tribute to their son.

Mr Hickling was attending his nephew Jonathan Allen's stag weekend in Warwick, and had already played football before the karting session which ended when he suddenly slumped over the wheel - and the efforts of paramedics and friends failed to revive him.


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Father Peter Hickling said: 'His death has been a shock to thousands of people who knew him. We have been struck by the way he was loved and appreciated by so many people.'

Mum Dorothy added: 'He was fit as a fiddle, enjoyed life and was full of fun.'

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Mr Hickling, who has two teenage children at sixth forms in Norwich, also loved sailing and walking - having last year tackled the remote Scottish Highlands with friends.

Duncan's widow Ros has e-mailed Jonathan urging him to go ahead with the wedding - a week after the funeral - because Duncan 'would not have wanted to spoil somebody's big day' said his father.

Born in Liverpool, Duncan Hickling gained a degree in estate management at Reading before working for domestic and commercial property companies, then setting up his own consultancy.

But he was best-known for his church work, at the family's Church of God in the Chesterfield Hall, Cromer and at regional and national level where he was a popular youth leader. Last year Duncan took part in a church camp in Canada as a leader.

Mr Hickling, who lived at Northrepps, leaves widow Rosalind, daughter Charlotte, 17, who is at Norwich High School for Girls, and son Giles, 16, who attends Norwich School.

The Warwickshire coroner is carrying out a post mortem into the death tomorrow. A funeral will be held the Cromer parish church, because it is larger than the Chesterfield Hall, on Saturday, October 10 at noon, following by burial in the churchyard.

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