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Scott William Emerson Lucy was looking forward to becoming a husband and starting a family with his fiancee, Gemma Shefford.
Sadly, that will never be. The 38-year-old's body was recovered from what remained of the Durham St Methodist Church, hours after the deadly magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit Christchurch.
An employee of the South Island Organ Company, based in Timaru, Scott was among a team of eight men working to dismantle the church pipe organ.
Ironically, that work was being carried out as the church had been badly damaged in the September 4, 2010, earthquake and there was talk that it should be demolished.
Scott's future father-in-law Gerald Green - who also worked at the company - yesterday paid tribute to the man he said he had come to adopt as his own son.
"He's what you would call a very proud young Kiwi.
"He was a bright light, a marvellous person. He was lovely to my daughter and just a great kid."
Scott was in the navy for 10 years and also held a commercial helicopter pilot's licence.
He had been working with the organ company for about three years.