A SMILE etched across Mark Robinson’s face shows him at his happiest, when he was with his family.
Kind, loving, friendly and hilarious are all words used to describe the 34-year-old by his relatives following his tragic death last week.
Keen cyclist Mark died in hospital after a collision with a blue Mazda outside Wigan police station on Robin Park Road.
As the devastating news travelled, tributes began to flood in for a hugely popular son, grandson, brother, uncle, fiance and stepfather.
Mark’s sisters, Rachel and Karen, and partner Jessica Langton have spoken to the Wigan Observer of their grief but also of the joy he brought to their lives.
They have been left overwhelmed by the support of the community in the wake of his death and have paid a heartfelt thank you for all the touching messages they have received.
He classed everyone as family, they didn’t have to be blood. I’ve got two children from a previous relationship and they called him daddy. My son suffers with a form of autism and he doesn’t quite understand what has happened. He keeps asking when he’s coming home, it’s heartbreakingJessica Langton
Mark’s passing has left a gaping hole in their lives though and as they begin life without him, they paid tribute to the legacy he has left.
Jessica said: “He was fantastic. He was always there for people if they were down or upset.
“He classed everyone as family, they didn’t have to be blood. I’ve got two children from a previous relationship and they called him daddy.
“My son suffers with a form of autism and he doesn’t quite understand what has happened. He keeps asking when he’s coming home, it’s heartbreaking.
“I’ve tried to keep everything normal for them, so they’ve been going to school.
“On Friday he made some balloons to tie to the railings where it happened to ‘help daddy fly to heaven’.”
It is believed that Mark was travelling to see his grandmother, on whom he doted, when the incident happened.
He would call at his nan and grandad’s house every day on his way home from work and every day he would say: ‘Make us an egg butty, nan’.
“He worshipped the ground she walked on, he really did,” added Jessica. “I always used to tell him he was a nanny’s boy.
“He loved all of his family and we all loved him.”
Mark’s sister Karen told how her brother was a “hard worker” who had just landed a new job through an agency he worked for.
As well as football and fishing, he also loved to ride his bike and did so to and from work every day.
His relationship with his stepchildren was also mirrored by his love for his young nephews and niece too.
Sister Karen said: “He was my best friend. I was so proud to have a brother like him.
“He was an absolute character. He was amazing with the kids, my son Bradley absolutely loved him.
“He always had us in stitches and I could speak to him about everything, he was the perfect brother. He had two nephews and one niece and they all loved him.
“He did anything for anybody and never had a bad word to say about anyone, he just had a heart of gold.”
Karen added that the many messages of support the family has received since last Thursday have been a “huge comfort”.
However, she also spoke of the devastating effect his passing has had on his family.
“It’s killing my grandad,” she said.
“Every time he speaks about him he cries. It’s not hit a lot of us yet, we are still in shock, we can’t believe what has happened.
“It just seems like he’s at work and will be home soon. We’ll never forget him.”
Mark, a former Pemberton Community High School pupil, lived with his father on Holly Road, Worsley Hall.
Relatives have left a photo of him in Wigan Ink Cafe on Larch Road, Worsley Hall, for friends to write their memories of him on the back.
Police are still investigating the circumstances which led to his death.
The collision saw Robin Park Road sealed off for five hours from 4.40pm. The Air Ambulance, who the family are donating money to that is left in his memory, arrived at the scene but was stood down as he was taken to Wigan Infirmary by the land crew. Sadly he could not be revived and passed away.
Sergeant Mark Thomas of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This is a truly devastating time for the man’s family and we are supporting them as best we can with the help of specialist officers.
“We are carrying out an investigation to establish the full facts and circumstances surrounding this collision and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who may be in possession of CCTV or dash cam footage.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit directly on 0161 856 4741 or 4742.