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Rik Connick: a testimonial from Transport Training Academy

In 2014, just a normal working day I met a person who became a true friend in every sense of the word. His name was Rik Connick. From the moment I met him he exuded warmth, humour and had a caring, empathic approach to teaching his logistics students. He wanted the best for all of the people he taught and would always go the extra mile to ensure they understood their subject. He encouraged his students to question him, to push themselves and challenge him. His students had the utmost respect for him, including myself, who looked up to him, as he had forgotten more than I would ever know. He gave his advice graciously and with a humility that belied his wicked sense of humour.

To be interesting you have to be interested, and Rik was most certainly both: whatever the situation he always had a story to tell, but more than that he got pleasure from listening to people, learning about people and encouraging them to be the best that they could be.

Rik loved life with a passion whether serving Queen and Country with the Coldstream Guards, or helping his students to achieve their career in Transport Logistics Management. Dedication and commitment came second nature to Rik and shone through in every job he took on. Second best was never an option.

Julie, Rik’s wife and his family meant everything to him; his bond with them was inspirational and his genuine love, heart-warming.

Honestly I would struggle to find enough adjectives to describe Rik which would do him justice; kind, compassionate, witty, self-deprecating and courageous are but a few. He led a life full of adventures, some good, some bad, but he remained the same person and always came through with a stronger more positive attitude.

Sadly, he didn’t come through his last battle, but I have no doubt he will be putting the world to rights in his new adventure; meeting old friends and visiting all of his favourite ancient Egyptian haunts. All the people he met will have their own special memories of him. He touched many people in so many different ways and you felt privileged to meet him, work with him and be a part of his life.

Everything about Rik was 110% and the world has lost one of its good guys. Rest in peace Rik.

You will be forever missed by all who knew you.

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