HUDDERSFIELD man Nigel Kimmings was known for his zest for life.
The adventurous 40-year-old, who has died of leukaemia, toured the world and indulged in a range of extreme sports.
Nigel was born in Huddersfield and went to All Saints' RC School at Bradley Bar.
He left at 16 and took a job as an engineer at David Brown's in Huddersfield.
Nigel took up parachute jumping and
once jumped with a team into Greenhead Park.
He was eventually made redundant from David Brown's and joined the Navy at the age of 25.
It was his time as a weapons engineer that gave him a taste for travel.
During his service he toured America and the Far East. He visited Hong Kong and fell in love with the place.
When he was 30, he left the Navy and spent 11 months backpacking in India.
He also toured China, travelling the length of the Yangtse River.
Nigel also developed a passion for diving and base-jumping - leaping from low levels using a parachute.
Nigel settled permanently in Hong Kong eight years ago.
His parents went to see him but his father died in Singapore while on the trip.
Nigel briefly returned to Huddersfield with his mother, but soon went back to Hong Kong and took a job as a builder, mainly on bridge projects. His work took him to Jakarta in Indonesia, Canary Wharf in London, Bali, San Francisco and Ireland.
He lived in Hong Kong until his death on November 30. He had suffered from leukaemia for several years.
Nigel leaves his mother, Mrs Barabara Kimmings, and his brother, Graham, 42.
Nigel's funeral was held in Hong Kong but a memorial service will be held for his Huddersfield friends and family at noon on Saturday, January 31, at the English Martyrs Church, on Grosvenor Road, Dalton.
His mother said: "Any of his friends and all who knew him are welcome.
"He had a short life, but a full life. I tried to think of something he hasn't done, but the only thing I can think of is that he didn't live long enough."
A collection will be held for the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.