AN exceptionally fit father who collapsed at Llanelli's Parc Trostre and died has been dubbed a "devoted family man and a true gentleman".
Mark Jenkins, of Llanelli, died after he collapsed near the Poundstretcher store at the retail park at around noon on Tuesday, March 18.
A married man, Mr Jenkins was a painter and decorator by trade and ran his own business in the Llanelli town centre.
The 52-year-old dad was also a keen, long standing member and friend of Llanelli Squash and Tennis Club.
Ian James, the head tennis coach at the club, said of his friend: "He was such a great man, a decent, kind man and a genuine friend who will be sadly missed through and through with everyone in the club.
"My little girl is only four years old and he used to play with her, so she will really miss him too."
Club chairman Mark Westcott said that Llanelli Squash and Tennis Club would wish to pass on its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr Jenkins.
Mr Westcott added: "Since joining the club Mark has established himself as a squash player of great talent with fierce determination with exceptional levels of fitness."
Not only has Mr Jenkins been a stalwart member of the club, he has also been instrumental in developing the social side of the club as a volunteer. He was also the founding member of the Sunday club.
The club chairman said that since Mr Jenkins had contributed so much to the club over the last few years, it would be a travesty that he would not be there to enjoy the new club that will be opening soon.
"All at the club will remember him as a devoted family man and a true gentleman whom it has been a pleasure to have known," Mr Westcott said.
"His down to earth manner and sharp witty humour will be sorely missed by all."