24 JAN 2008: Being universally admired as a ‘nice guy’ is a very real compliment. And Mark Salter epitomised the term and truly deserved the moniker. Mark died on Tuesday - suddenly, stunningly - and way too soon. His death shocked the travel industry he had been a part of for so long. As word spread amongst his friends, associates and colleagues, the tributes, while shocked and saddened, were very similar.
“A true gentleman”, “A great guy”, “A good friend”, “A really really nice guy”, “They don’t come much nicer than Mark Salter.” And that’s true. They don’t.
Mark began his travel career in 1977, when he was hired, practically out high school, as a sales rep by Strand Holidays. Later he worked for Elan Holidays, Regent Holidays and Baxter Publications. He also did a stint at Voyageur Insurance. A couple of years ago he and his wife Cate moved to Ottawa where he opened an office for News Canada.
Mark never spoke unkindly, never seemed to lose his temper and he always had a smile and a friendly word regardless of who you were. He was one of those solid, reliable, hard-working individuals who could always get the job done – professionally and with a smile. He was a natural salesman whom everyone instinctively liked and who seemed to like everyone in return.
He loved football and skiing. He and his wife entertained friends who fondly recall Super Bowl weekends. Not just a friend in good times, Mark was quick to lend a broad shoulder, a sensitive ear, helpful advice and an encouraging word when times were tough.
Mark Salter, a truly ‘good guy’ died yesterday at the age of 53. He leaves his wife Cate Crawford and three sisters. He will be missed.