Camper van tribute to Cheltenham man
CAMPER vans will give Mark Pulham a send-off when he is laid to rest next week.
The 48-year-old, of Cleevemount Road, Prestbury, will be accompanied by members of the Fun Dubbin' Kriminals for his final journey.
Mark, who was just a fortnight away from celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary with wife Hayley, died 11 days ago. He had pancreatic cancer.
His mother Nicky paid tribute to her son, who started taking an interest in camper vans six years ago.
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The 68-year-old, of Pennine Road, Prestbury, said: "Mark brought a van and did it all up from scratch.
"It actually fell apart on the drive when he went to pick it up from the seller.
"He completely transformed it and did a fantastic job all by himself – although there was some help from me and his wife in sewing the upholstery."
Mark, who had five children, had set up his own business creating metalwork around the town.
His firm, AMP Fabrications, based near Coombe Hill, produced the railings around Cheltenham General Hospital and the staircases at Cheltenham Town's ground.
Nicky said Mark had been interested in creating things since his school days.
"He always wanted to be an architect and would be forever drawing plans when he was at school," she added. "Mark was very good at his job and knew exactly what he was doing.
"He had been running his own business for 10 years and things were just beginning to take off over the last couple of years."
Mark became a member of the Cheltenham camper van fan club, Fun Dubbin' Kriminals, shortly after buying and doing up his own van.
The group will see off their friend with a convoy of 10 camper vans on Monday. Nicky said it was in keeping with Mark's nature.
"He was always playing about – he had started learning to fire juggle before he died," she added.
"If he had the chance to get away, he would take the family down to the seaside in the van and head to the beach with his surfboard."
Alongside parents, Nicky and Tony, Mark leaves behind wife, Hayley, and children Charlotte, 22, Ashley, 19, Ellie, 16, Chloe, 14, and Jolie, six.
Hayley said: "Mark was a fantastic father and husband who looked after all of us for the last 11 years."