Tributes paid to ‘true gentleman’ Clive Linton

Clive Linton
Clive Linton

Tributes have been paid to a “true gentleman” who gave so much for the Scarborough community.

Clive Linton, 56, of Burniston, died on September 12 after collapsing, and many have marked the impact he had on the town.

'True gentleman' Clive Linton has sadly passed away.

'True gentleman' Clive Linton has sadly passed away.

Local businessman and Heroes Welcome scheme founder John Senior said: “Clive was a valued colleague, a good friend and we will all miss him greatly. He was a true gentleman and was involved in so much.

“Clive gave his time freely to support so many activities around the town. He approached everything with enthusiasm and that special forces sense of humour. He’ll be very sadly missed.

“Rest easy Marine, you did your duty and so much more and we will not forget you!”

Clive joined the Royal Marines when he was just 16 years old and did tours including Norway before leaving in 2001. He returned to Scarborough and met his wife Marilyn in 2002 before the pair married in 2007.

He worked for a number of firms including Central Properties and BP before joining Freyer Wilson Estates Ltd as a property manager in 2011.

Soon after joining the Senior Group, Clive took over the national administration of Heroes Welcome UK with his former career as a Royal Marine making him a perfect fit for the role.

Clive played an integral part in organising activities and events including Scarborough Armed Forces Day, A Night Before the Colours and organising unit family trips to the town.

He was also the brains behind Starfire, Scarborough’s end of season musical fireworks, and was secretary of South Bay Traders.

James Corrigan, of Penny Arcade, said: “Clive was a gentleman of the old order and was always there to help organise and keep us straight, the South Bay Traders will miss him very much.”

Clive was also the official Royal Marines Standard Bearer and secretary of the Local Royal Marines Association.

He took on the role of detachment commander for the local Royal Marine Cadets two years ago.

He led the detachment through their first annual formal fieldcraft assessment after only being in his role for six weeks and came back with an above average scoring. This contributed to an overall grading of 4/5 for their first year, which is an “outstanding achievement” for a first time score.

Natalie Davies, commanding officer, said: “Clive had a huge impact on all the members of Scarborough Sea Cadets as they all respected him greatly for the high standards he set.

"He carried out every task to the best of his abilities and always helped others where he could. His passion and drive was second to none.

“He always said his proudest moment during his time at TS Scarborough was marching with the unit past the Cenotaph at the November Ceremonies last year, which I had the honour to share the experience. He will be deeply missed by us all.”

Clive was a loving grandfather and leaves wife Marilyn, to whom he was devoted, and stepdaughter Jodie.

His funeral will take place on Monday September 25 at noon with the service at St Mary’s Church.