Tributes have been paid to an ‘inspirational’ Cadet Force Adult Volunteer who died following a crash in Swansea.
Staff Sergeant Instructor Dean Workman, 46, a father-of-three who joined the Army Cadet Force four years ago, sadly died on May 1.
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Smith, Cadet Executive Officer of Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF said his death had been a huge shock to the organisation and that he would be sorely missed by all who knew him.
“We have lost a good friend and colleague who has had a positive impact on numerous young people and adults alike. Dean was a really, really nice guy who always welcomed you with a smile.
“He was an upbeat, happy, keen and positive Cadet Force Adult Volunteer who was well liked and respected by all, he had a natural ability to build good relationships with both Cadets and his adult volunteer peers alike.”
“He had a great affinity with the Cadets and was nothing short of inspirational, always encouraging them and looking for them to get the best from themselves, which was particularly highlighted by the increase in numbers and achievements of the Cadets at his Detachment.”
The Commandant Colonel Terry Hayter said, “It’s always a great shock to the county when we lose one of our Cadet ‘family’, and Dean is no exception. It was clear that he was well liked and respected by everyone who knew him, as tributes have been pouring in from those he influenced with his positive attitude and friendship.”
“Dean’s loss will be felt amongst the staff and Cadets from across Dyfed and Glamorgan ACF, particularly at this difficult time when we are not able to physically come together to comfort one another. We will find an appropriate time to mark Dean’s passing.”
Dean was Detachment Commander of Maesteg and the Area Shooting Officer. He attended annual camps in 2017, 2018 and 2019.