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[Obituary] Mark Frecklington

[UPDATED with TRIBUTES] The life insurance industry is mourning the loss of Mark Frecklington; A dedicated champion of advisers. [+ SERVICE DETAILS]

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018, 8:45AM 18 Comments

by Susan Edmunds

Mark Frecklington, 65, who led Asteron Life’s independent financial adviser distribution channel, was killed in a motorcycle accident at the weekend.

He had been with the insurer for many years, overseeing its commitment to the third-party advice channel.

Adviser Peter Leitch said Frecklington would be sorely missed by insurance advisers and everyone who knew him.

“My thoughts go to his friends and family. He was a top guy.”

Leitch said Frecklington understood advisers well. He had a background with AMP, where he started his career as an adviser.

Fred Dodds, chief executive of the Institute of Financial Advisers, said it was a big loss to the industry.

“He was a really nice guy - a tragic accident. He will have scores of messages not only of sympathy but for his dedication to adviser world and latterly his and Asteron's focus on spread commission - he always wanted to see advisers with businesses not transaction salespeople.”

Russell Hutchinson, of Chatswood Consulting, said an “awful lot” of people would miss Frecklington. He had been an advocate of responding to diversity in the market in Auckland and had a clear understanding of the issues affecting modern advisers, Hutchinson said. “He had been involved in third-party distribution for decades in one way or another, and on the sharp end, too.”

Suncorp New Zealand chief executive Paul Smeaton said: "It is with shock and great sadness that we learned of the tragic passing of Mark Frecklington over the weekend.

"Mark was a well-respected and popular member of Suncorp New Zealand, most recently in the role of Executive Manager, Life Distribution for Asteron Life within the Suncorp New Zealand leadership team.

"Mark was incredibly well connected in the life adviser community, where he played a positive leadership role with our advisers and business partners.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with Mark’s family, and we would ask that you respect their privacy at this difficult time."

Industry commentator David Whyte, formerly of AIA, said Frecklington was "one of the industry's gentlemen".

"He was from the school that believed in the value of personal relationships in the industry and that the key to success was establishing, developing, and maintaining them. For Mark, any proposal, suggestion, or innovation was measured against the criteria of advancing or endangering people relationships.

"Technology, for example, was an enabler - a means to an end, and the end was a more effective, more meaningful, and more successful relationship. I never heard Mark utter a serious criticism about anyone, and I never heard anyone say a bad word about him. His colleagues of a similar vintage likely accept that some of their peers will fall prey to illness, but to lose such a valued colleague to accident seems unfair and unjust. Freckles will be missed by many and forgotten by none."

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A service to celebrate Mark's life will be held at Eden Park, North L5 Lounge, Walters Rd, Kingsland on Wednesday, 31 January at 11.00am. To be followed by private Interment. The family invite you to bring a photo to be placed on Mark's memorial board.

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Comments from our readers

On 22 January 2018 at 2:22 pm Brian W Brown said:
A true gentleman of the industry and a great loss to the One Adviser Network.It will be doubtfull if i will ever see a man of his calibre and integrity ever again, such is the regard he was held by all who met him.
On 22 January 2018 at 2:25 pm Bernard McCrea said:
Wow that is a big shock. He was one of the good guys. He was always interested in what you were doing at work and outside of work. Definitely will be missed by many in the industry. Regards Bernard McCrea
On 22 January 2018 at 2:31 pm Katrina Church said:
So devastating for Mark's family and to the team at Asteron.
Lovely man dedicated to the industry.
Definitely a man who will be missed by many.
On 22 January 2018 at 4:09 pm john@tasmanbrokers.co.nz said:
Very sad news. Mark was a genuine person who displayed a great deal of interest to those he was involved with . He will be sadly missed.
On 22 January 2018 at 4:14 pm Tony Vidler said:
This is awful news, and my sympathy is with Mark’s family and close colleagues...his loss will be keenly felt. He was a good man, and impossible to replicate.
On 22 January 2018 at 10:47 pm rosconz said:
Terrible news, Mark was a real asset to the industry and will be sadly missed, RIP
On 23 January 2018 at 9:09 am Steven Popodopolus said:
Terrible news. Great guy, true gentleman. Condolences to his family and colleagues who will miss him terribly.
On 23 January 2018 at 9:32 am Barry Read said:
Gutted..
On 23 January 2018 at 9:39 am David Yates said:
RIP Mark. A true gentleman and passionate advocate for the industry will be sorely missed.
On 23 January 2018 at 10:18 am MikeBeuvink said:
I’m shocked and saddened to hear this news. Mark was a mentor of mine back in the late 90’s and a good friend since. He was a top guy and will be a big loss to the industry. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
RIP Mark
On 23 January 2018 at 10:31 am Observer said:
I am stunned! Such sad news indeed. Mark is a huge loss to our industry. RIP Mark.
On 23 January 2018 at 12:09 pm BayBroker said:
My condolences to Mark’s family and all at Asteron.

He will be sorely missed, a really great guy and one of the reasons I did business with Asteron. People buy people after all.

RIP.
On 23 January 2018 at 4:30 pm Bruce Cortesi said:
A tragic loss to the industry. A man who has departed with the industry being wiser for his contribution. His legacy was to the relationships and the belief he always had in others. Condolences to his family and friends.
On 23 January 2018 at 9:06 pm Ron Flood said:
I had the privilege of sharing some great experiences with Mark on many Asteron Life overseas conference trips. Always one to share a joke, and a drink, he was one of a kind.

Mark rang me a few days before Christmas to have a chat and wish me well, he was excited about what this year would bring. Unfortunately it is not to be and the industry has lost a true gentleman.
My condolences to Kathy and the family.
On 24 January 2018 at 6:20 am Bryan Tucker said:
Mark and I worked together for a number of years back in the AMP days. He taught me a lot of what I know now and my life is much better for he daily interactions I was lucky to have with him. So sorry to hear this news! RIP Mark.
On 24 January 2018 at 11:58 am ernie@riverstone.kiwiKart201 said:
Condolences from all at Riverstone
Tragic to lose Mark a man with bountiful energy and vision. He will be missed.
On 25 January 2018 at 4:21 pm Greg Frittelli said:
Such such Sad news! A special man will be missed.
My and Karen's Condolences to Kathy and Mark's whole extended family.
Thank you Mark!!!!!
On 27 January 2018 at 11:15 am Keith Walter said:
I have been "off-grid" for the last week so only just catching up with things.
I was dumbfounded when I heard the news about Mark and Glenda's and my sympathies go uot to Kathy and family in this tragic time.
As others have commented, Mark was a real gentleman. But, more than that, in well over 40 years in the industry I can say that I have never met a person in Mark's position who displayed such high levels of honesty or integrity, attributes that are not always easy to find. We knew that, if we discussed something with Mark in confidence, it would remain in confidence and never be used either against us or to Asteron's gain at our expense. This is one of the many reasons why Mark will be sorely missed.

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