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Jogger who died lived life to the full, says 'empty' mum

Life feels "empty" for the mother of a Cubbington man who died while out jogging.

Robin Craig Corcoran, who grew up in the village, collapsed during a run near to his home in Thornebury, Bristol on January 30.

During his childhood the 39-year-old doctor of physics attended Cubbington Primary School and was chosen as head boy at the former Manor School in Lime Tree Avenue.

His mother Sheila Hilkene, who still lives in Cubbington, said: "It's a tragedy.

"I couldn't have wished for a better son. He was kind and he did everything - he skied, snowboarded and was a keen hot air balloonist. He was lovely and would help anyone."

Dr Corcoran, who died of an enlarged heart, gained A-levels at Binswood College in Leamington before continuing his studies at Bristol University.

Mrs Hilkene told the Courier that her son enjoyed his job working for the Ministry of Defence, which often required him to travel to America. During his student days Dr Corcoran returned to the district in the summer holidays to work at Marks and Spencer in Leamington.

He enjoyed raising money for charity and had taken part in a number of sponsored events including walking the Pennine Way with his work colleagues.

Dr Corcoran married his wife Rowan at Thornebury Castle in 2005. The couple, who were together for more than 12 years, had planned a holiday to Japan two days after his death.

Describing the moment she heard her son had died Mrs Hilkene, who also has a 41-year-old daughter, said: "It was 1am when I found out and I was devastated

"His wife had been out to French class and when she got back he was out. She called round all the hospitals and was told someone had been taken in and when she got to the hospital she realised it was Robin."

Mrs Hilkene said his death had come as a shock and added: "He managed to do so much in his life in such little time.

"I feel empty. It will leave a big hole in our lives, especially his wife's as they were like soulmates. If ever two people were meant to be together it was those two."

The funeral took place at St Arilda's church in Bristol last week but friends and family will also be remembering Dr Corcoran at a memorial service this Friday. The event will start at 2pm at St Mary's church in Cubbington.

 
 
 

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