A POPULAR man known to many for his work for the RAF Association has died.

Malcolm John Sach died aged 69 last Tuesday after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in June last year.

Well-know Malcolm leaves loving wife Josephine, also 69, daughter, Alexandra, and son, Phil.

Mr Sach was a member of a number of organisations, including a number attached to Colchester Garrison and was also chairman of the Colchester branch of the Royal Air Force Association.

He also ran Birch’s popular Get Together Club with Josephine.

Mr Sach was also a keen stamp and coin collector and spent his professional life working for ICI and Maldon District Council, where he was responsible for collecting oysters to have them tested by environmental experts.

His widow Josephine said: “He was such a lovely man and he will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

“He always made time for everyone and certainly kept himself busy with all his commitments.

“He was very well-known in Colchester for everything that he got involved in.”

Mr Sach, of Birch, was treated for his cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, where he underwent a number of procedures. He also spent time at St Helena Hospice, in Highwoods, Colchester.

Mrs Sach added: “His treatment at the hospice was brilliant and the doctors at the hospital did all they could do for him.

“He was only 69, which is of course, very young these days. He is a terrible loss.”

Mr Sach died in the accident and emergency department at Colchester General Hospital.

Funeral details are still to be arranged but will be published ahead of the service.

Together with his wife, Mr Sachs picked up a National Presidential Certificate, last year.

It recognised the pair’s work for the RAF Association.

The pair are also regularly recognised for their fundraising for the association.