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Mark Van de Weyer
Full Name: Mark Sylvain Bates Van de Weyer
Born: 7th February 1948, London
Died: 3rd May 2020, Dorset
Mark joined the Luton News as a "cub" reporter. It was there he met David Candler. Mark was eventually appointed editor of the Luton News.
In his early twenties, Mark moved to the Financial Times and worked there for 23 years in a variety of roles, including as managing director of ten financial magazines under the Financial Times aegis. During that time, he also served as a Labour councillor for Islington.
After departing the Financial Times Mark established a press cuttings company MSM Media.
Mark and Catherine Candler were married when he was 21 and she was 20. After a time living at Frognal they made a home in Beversbrook Road, Islington. Their son Alex Van de Weyer was born in 1973. They separated and Catherine returned to her county of birth, Yorkshire. Nick Van de Weyer was born in 1981.
Mark met Caroline Dilke in 1989 when they were both working journalists and lived in the same area of London. In 2004 Mark moved to Dorset when Caroline bought Long Acre in Marshwood. Mark quickly became active in the community. He was appointed to the Acorn Academy Trust and served on it for several years, he became a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bridport, responsible for publicity, and he also edited the Golden Cap Magazine, a church publication which Mark expanded to include more features on village affairs to gain a wider readership.
Mark died at Dorchester Hospital on 3rd May 2020 after a short illness. His death occurred during the Covid-19 Pandemic although he tested negative for the virus. He was buried at St. Mary's Church in Marshwood Dorset on 13th May 2020.
Main article: Funeral of Mark Van de Weyer
Due to the lockdown, attendance of the funeral was limited yet local mourners lined the street as the procession passed by. A memorial service and public celebration of Mark's life was agreed to be planned when possible.