Tributes paid to British worker killed by Yemen car bomb

July 21, 2011 | by | 2 Comments

Relatives today paid tribute to a British national who was killed in a terrorist car bomb attack in the Yemen.

British worker killed in car bomb in Yemen

Tragic shipping consultant David Mockett, 65, died instantly when a bomb planted under the driver’s seat of his sports utility vehicle blew up as he drove through the southern port city of Aden.

Mr Mockett, of Plymouth, Devon, had worked in the Middle East for the last 34 years, where he worked as surveyor for Arabian Marine Surveyors Ltd.

He had been based in the city of Aden for the last decade, a city which has seen a recent increase in violence.

Mr Mockett’s wife Cynthia, 66, joined their two daughter’s Sarah and Rachael yesterday in paying tribute to a man they described as ”a patient listener” and ”gentle giant”.

Cynthia, of Plymouth, revealed he had nipped out of the office to buy a sandwich on his lunchbreak when the devastating blast tore through his vehicle.

The family statement read: ”We understand from the Foreign Office that David was killed by a car bomb as he left his workplace for lunch.

”David worked as a shipping consultant and had worked in this capacity in the Middle East for 34 years, with the last 10 years being based in Aden and Hodiadah.

”David was a huge part of our lives and will leave a vast hole. He always made time for people as he believed that your time was the greatest gift that you give to another person.

”He was a patient listener; he and Cynthia shared a love that most of us can only hope for sharing 44 years of marriage.”

It added: ”Locals in Aden described David as a Gentle Giant, the Man of Peace, and he was well known throughout the port of Aden.

”David decided to stay on past retirement in Yemen as the skills he acquired through the years as a master mariner were key to the shipping industry, but more so as he enjoyed going to work.

”He will be greatly missed by his friends in both the UK and Yemen.”

Speaking after the blast on Wednesday, a devastated Cynthia said: ”’My husband went up in flames. I just wish I had something to bury – but I don’t think I will.”

The southern part of the country has been thrown into turmoil recently with officials blaming a rise in violence on Al Qaeda-linked militants they say are taking advantage of the country’s political turmoil.

In April 2010 the British ambassador to Yemen narrowly escaped being killed when a car bomb hit his convoy in Sana’a.

And last October a rocket-propelled grenade hit an embassy car in Sana’a, wounding three people, including a diplomat

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  1. Muneef_aks says:

    May God give peace to his soul…he was a kind and decent man that we have known and seeked assistance from for many years within the shipping agency frame of work.
    As remember once he told me that he was shot in the neck by a gun man on a motor cycle in Hodeidah many years ago… But managed to survive that thanks to God…
    My condolences to his great family and they should know that he lived and died a hero and they should be proud of him..the existing violence now a days is not only directed to foreigners only but as well to any educated and intelligent Yemeni men by a group that are unknown that wish Yemen no good..

  2. Ahmad bahabib says:

    I would like to forward to the Mockett family the tribute written by Dr. Farook Hamza on behalf of all AdeniesAhmad Bahabib Ahmad_bahabib@yahoo.comCondolence MessageOn the sad event of yesterday Wed July 20th , 2011, and moved by what happened to the Gentle, Kind and Popular among Adenies People Capt. David Mockett, We would like to Apologize, express our deep sorrow and condemn very strongly the murder of Capt. David  Mockett  on Wed July 20th , 2011, in our town Aden  which is (ADEN )   PEACEFUL and the Mother  for every one who has a clean  and clear heart.Truly, We would like to Express our sincere Sad feelings by sending a condolence message to his family and to the British People and Government.Sincerely,Dr. Farook Hamza.Chief,ADEN-BORN COMMUNITYAden July 21st , 2011 
    Ahmad Bahabib
    Ahmad_bahabib@yahoo.com
    Condolence MessageOn the sad event of yesterday Wed July 20th , 2011, and moved by what happened to the Gentle, Kind and Popular among Adenies People Capt. David Mockett, We would like to Apologize, express our deep sorrow and condemn very strongly the murder of Capt. David  Mockett  on Wed July 20th , 2011, in our town Aden  which is (ADEN )   PEACEFUL and the Mother  for every one who has a clean  and clear heart.
    Truly, We would like to Express our sincere Sad feelings by sending a condolence message to his family and to the British People and Government.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Farook Hamza.
    Chief,
    ADEN-BORN COMMUNITY
    Aden July 21st , 2011
     
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