Tributes for ‘much loved’ quake victim

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A BURY St Edmunds family have paid tribute to a ‘much loved’ man who has been named as one of the victims of the New Zealand earthquake.

Relatives of Phil Coppeard, 41, have been officially informed of his death after he went missing when the magnitude 6.3 quake struck and devastated the city of Christchurch last month.

He was originally from Moulton and the son of Barry and Barbara Coppeard and brother to Jo Morley, who live in Bury.

A statement from them and his wife Suzanne said: “Phil is a much-loved and missed husband, son, brother and brother-in-law, grandson, son-in-law, uncle, cousin and nephew.

“He was a very generous spirit, always keen to be involved in community and charity events.

“Phil had a successful career in finance with Touche Ross, Airtours and Babcock and Brown as an investment banker in the air finance industry.

“His death is a tragedy at the start of an exciting new life in New Zealand.

“We take comfort in the support we have had from family and friends throughout the world. He touched so many lives.”

Mr Coppeard met his New Zealander wife through his job and moved to the country in November.

He was an Ipswich Town fan and the club is auctioning a signed shirt produced for New Zealand and Town defender Tommy Smith on its ebay site until this weekend to raise funds for the Red Cross’ New Zealand Earthquake Appeal.

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