On 11th December 2002 when his Audi car veered off the road into trees at the side of the A130 at Howe Green, aged 42.
Extract from the Essex Chronicle:
Mark's father owned the Salter pram shops. His wife Andrea has praised her husband and how devoted he was to their children Matthew, eight, and Lucy, five. Speaking at their East Hanningfield home, Andrea said: "Everybody knew him. He absolutely loved working, but he always had time for us, his family. Mark was the most wonderful father to my children. He had so much time for them and made everything exciting. Even though Mark travelled a lot with business, he always found time for friends and stayed in touch. he loved people and would always offer advice and help if he could, and was so generous with his time." Mark, who was working for the American company Graco, was born in London, but moved to Ingatestone when he was a child. He attended St Cedd's School, Chelmsford and Framlingham College before studying business management and catering at Oxford Polytechnic. Mark then went into his father's business, Cosatto, where he was managing director for a number of years before moving to Graco to become vice-president in Europe. Mark loved skiing on both water and snow. He also really enjoyed anything connected with 'petrol' sports. Rugby was another love and he used to go with his friends to watch England at Twickenham. "We had just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and had had a lovely weekend away."