Grieving family's tribute to 'great man and talented pilot' from Tipton St John

By Philippa Davies

16th Sep 2021 | Local News

Jonathan 'Joe' Mann, from the Sidmouth area, who died in a light aircraft crash
Jonathan 'Joe' Mann, from the Sidmouth area, who died in a light aircraft crash

The family of a pilot who died in a light aircraft crash in Somerset last month have paid tribute to him.

Jonathan Mann, known as Joe, was 69 and lived at Tipton St John near Sidmouth.

He was the pilot of a plane that crashed on agricultural land near the village of Buckland St Mary on the morning of Thursday, August 12.

He and the sole female passenger, Margaret Costa, also from Tipton St John, were pronounced dead at the scene.Her family have also paid tribute to her.

Mr Mann's family said: "He was a great man and a talented pilot; the world feels a colder place without his warmth and good humour.

"Joe leaves behind wife Diane, four daughters, three grandsons and a baby granddaughter born in lockdown; all the family had been looking forward to making up for lost time together this year.

"In his lifetime he led campaigns securing fairer rights for blind and disabled workers, and was a great champion for the more vulnerable. He set a strong example in standing up for what he believed in and was a dearly loved pillar of the family."

The family continue to ask for privacy at this difficult time.


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