MONDAY, JULY 2: Devastated friends of a popular hotel worker who died in a bike accident have paid tribute to a ‘one of a kind guy’.
Christoph Nagel suffered fatal injuries when he drove over an embankment on his way home from work in the early hours of Sunday.
Colleagues told the Bermuda Sun the 33-year-old German always had a smile on his face and could make anyone laugh.
While his boss at Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Paul Christie, described him as ‘one of the best’.
Mr Nagel had worked at the hotel for more than three years and had worked his way up to chief supervisor.
Mr Christie, the hotel’s resort dining manager, said Mr Nagel was ‘part of the family’.
He added: “Losing him is like losing a brother.
“We are a very close group down here and everyone has been left totally devastated by Chris’s death.
“We can’t believe it has happened and I don’t think it has really sunk in for anyone yet.
“Staff have been breaking down on the job because he meant so much to them, while others have had to take time off.
“Chris made a huge impact on all our lives.”
Mr Nagel had worked late on Saturday night after offering to lend a hand tidying up at the Beach Club.
He left the hotel at around 2am.
Stephane Guillot, Maitre d at the hotel, said the last thing Mr Nagel said to him was: ‘I’m tired, I’m going home’.
Mr Guillot rushed to the hospital after hearing of his friend’s death.
He said: “Chris was a hard working, generous guy.
“He had a great sense of fun and enjoyed life. As soon as he walked into the room everyone lit up.
“I miss his laugh and I think we all miss his smile in the hotel.
“It has been very, very hard for all the staff at the moment.
“I went to the hospital on the night he died because I just did not believe it had happened. But I asked to see him and say my own goodbye. I was crying and I told him I could not believe he had gone.”
Laura Constantin, a colleague at Tucker’s Point added: “Chris was just a wonderful person. He was a one of kind guy.
“Nobody at the hotel can believe it has happened. I tried to come back to work but it is just too hard without him about.
“I remember saying goodnight to him on Saturday and I saw him ride off on his bike.
“You never think that will be the last time you see someone. I keep thinking there has been a mistake.”
Christian Caldescu, a waiter at Tucker’s Point told the Sun: “Chris had a great sense of humour and he was always making people laugh.
“I don’t know how he did it but he would always have a smile on his face, even after an 16 hour day and he was able to lift everyone around him.
“I keep waiting to see him at work or for him to call me. He was a role model for everyone.”
Another hotel colleague, Pasquale Pastore, said: “His memory will last forever. He lost his life in a split second but I believe he will always be here. We will see him soon and his soul will always be around us.”
Police are still investigating Mr Nagel’s fatal accident that occurred on South Road close to the junction with Paynters Road in Hamilton parish.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact PC Bianca Joinville at the Roads Policing Unit on 295-0011.