THE couple who were killed in a crash near St Ives on Friday were “always smiling”.
Attila Kubanda, his fiancee Katalin Bedo and his cousin were on their way to a camping trip when the accident happened.
Mr Kubanda was one of the founder members and chairman of the Hungarian Culture and Heritage Society and Miss Bedo was also heavily involved.
Istvan Oliver Fatyol, the society’s treasurer, paid tribute to the couple: “Attila was a funny guy. He was like a teddy bear. He was always smiling. He was very knowledgeable and had a great education.
“You have good days and bad days but you would never know when Attila and Catalin had bad days because they were always smiling and positive.
“He was born in Transylvania and moved to Hungary when he was three. He loved Hungary but his heart was in Transylvania and he had built a country house there and he was planning on living in.
“He was a proud archer as it is a big part in Hungarian tradition and has just finished a course to teach children in archery which he was keen on starting soon.
“You could always go to them for advice. Sometimes you didn’t need to, they would know and offer positive advice.
“He was only 28 but he was much more mature. I would ask him what he planned for the next two years, and he would tell me his plans for five years. He knew what he wanted to do with his life.
“We held the largest Hungarian festival in Ealing last year, and the Mayor couldn’t believe the society could put on an event like that in only our first year, but that was down to Attila.”
Mr Oilver Fatyol said that Catalin always supported Attila. “She was very warm and a very good cook,” he added, “When we held an archery event, she made a goulash and it was absolutely brilliant. We had members of an American Indian society there as well and they loved it.”
Mr Kubanda had also recently started at marketing firm More2. Nina Saint, commercial manager, said: “To be honest, we are all in shock here, and just terribly sad both for ourselves, and of course for all who knew and loved Attila and Katalin in Hungary.
“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic death of Attila and his fiancee, Katalin.
“Although he had only been with us for three months, Attila’s lively sense of humour had already endeared him to everyone here, and he had already earned a place on our office “Wall of Fame” for excellent work.
“He was enormously proud of his Hungarian culture, a great supporter of Hungarian wines!, and was particularly attached to the beautiful part of Transylvania where he was born.
“In 2011 he helped found the London-based Hungarian Culture and Heritage Society, and often tweeted in Hungarian. But his most moving tweet was in English, and showed his real generosity of spirit ‘#ImGratefulFor my parents who raised me well and sacrificed a lot for our well being. Thanks mom and dad, I am grateful for that. Your Son.’
“He was a wonderful man, and his death is a terrible loss to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
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