‘As a human being, she was outstanding’ - moving service for Norfolk couple who died in Cyprus

Linda Lincoln and Ken Lincoln. Picture: East Anglia News Service.

Linda Lincoln and Ken Lincoln. Picture: East Anglia News Service. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for a Norfolk couple who died of suspected gas poisoning in their home in Cyprus.

The bodies of Ken Lincoln, 59, and his wife Linda, 56, were found in the living room of their flat in the town of Paralimni, in the east of the Mediterranean island, last week.

The couple had strong links with the Wymondham area, and had lived in Cyprus for several years, where Mr Lincoln is believed to have worked as a construction worker, and Mrs Lincoln was an administrator at Xenion High School.

At yesterday's memorial service, which took place in the school's amphitheatre, its director Katelitsa Phylactou said it became clear very soon after Mr Lincoln came to Xenion in February 2007 that she would be a valuable addition to the staff.

She said: 'As a colleague she was helpful, supportive and reliable. I know that she was an enormous help to me in many aspects of running the school.

'As a human being, she was outstanding: helpful, cheerful, always positive and blessed with a radiant smile that lit up her face.

'She had a kind and loving spirit and the description which leaps instantly to the lips of anyone you ask about her is '...a lovely lady' and she truly was a lovely, lovely lady.'

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A former president of the student council, Avramis Pittakis, said: 'You are the reason why all of us have degrees or are in universities all over

the world right now.'

Talking about Mr Lincoln, Mr Phylactou said: 'He wasn't just Linda's husband; he was her best friend, her support and comfort for many years and it is difficult to think about one without the other.

'If there is some small crumb of consolation to be found in their passing, it is that it will have been peaceful and that they were together at the end – but it is a small crumb indeed to offer and does little to reduce our loss.'

A collection raised money for PASYKAF, a cancer charity Mrs Lincoln supported.

Do you want to pay tribute to Mr and Mrs Lincoln? Email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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