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British diplomat dies after contracting coronavirus

Steven Dick, 37, was the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest.

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Steven Dick, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest (FCO)

Steven Dick, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest (FCO)

Steven Dick, deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest (FCO)

A British diplomat has died in Hungary after contracting coronavirus.

Steven Dick, 37, served as the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Budapest.

He died on Tuesday, the Foreign Office said.

Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passionForeign Secretary Dominic Rabb

Mr Dick’s parents, Steven and Carol Dick, said: “Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew.

“He was kind, funny and generous. It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas.

“We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I am desperately saddened by the news of Steven’s death and my heart goes out to his parents Steven and Carol.

“Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passion. He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him.”

The UK Ambassador to Hungary, Iain Lindsay, worked with Mr Dick since last October, and said: “I and my team and our families are deeply saddened and shocked at Steven’s passing.

“We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends.

“Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian.

“As our fellow Scot Robert Burns, whose works we had recently recited together, wrote ‘Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, Few heads with knowledge so inform’d.’ We will miss him so much.”

Sir Simon McDonald, permanent under-secretary at the FCO, said: “This is simply shattering news. I knew Steven personally and he was an exemplary officer and a lovely man.

“He was just starting out on what was sure to be an outstanding career and his friends around the world and across the FCO will miss him sorely.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Before taking up his post in Hungary, Mr Dick had roles at the British Embassies in Kabul and Riyadh, and was most recently head of corporate strategy and governance at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

In an interview published on website XpatLoop in December, Mr Dick was asked what social issue he feels most strongly about, and he said: “Equal access to education – every child should have the chance to thrive, whether male, female rich or poor.”

Asked about his personal motto, he said: “Better to regret what you’ve done than regret not having done it.”

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