TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-standing lifeboat shop volunteer who has died, aged 72.

Derek Marshall, from Clacton, passed away suddenly on December 20.

Mr Marshall had volunteered at Clacton RNLI's shop in Hastings Avenue for a number of years.

Before retiring he worked at Clacton police station's service desk, gaining a long-service award in 2008.

A member of his family said it was with "great sadness and disbelief" that he passed away.

He added: "He will be greatly missed by everybody and the world will be much quieter place without his humour and laughter.

"He was a selfless, kind and generous man in every way.

"Derek is no longer suffering and is at peace."

Mr Marshall joined the volunteer team running Clacton RNLI's charity gift shop in August 2010.

A spokesman said he rapidly showed his abilities, passion, and commitment, becoming the manager in a short space of time.

Under his stewardship, the Hasting Avenue shop had its best financial results.

Mr Marshall was also instrumental in persuading Clacton Pier to set aside a small space near the aquarium to sell RNLI gifts and wares.

Following its success, the pier’s kiosk near the old lifeboat house was transformed into a shop and is still in use.

Close colleague and friend Sharon Felgate said: "We had a great time working with Derek and had many laughs with him over the years.

"We always enjoyed the cakes that he made to bring in on a Friday.

"He was a good manager and always gave 100 per cent."

A spokesman for the lifeboat station added that the entire team extended its deepest sympathy to Mr Marshall’s family and friends.

Mr Marshall did not want a funeral service, but the boathouse will be made available for any friends or colleagues wishing to join his family in paying their respects or to sign a book of condolence.