Deputy Head of the British Embassy, the 10th Covid-19 Fatality in Hungary

March 25, 2020

The Deputy Head of the British Embassy in Budapest, Steven Dick is the 10th person to die of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Hungary.

Steven Dick joined the team of the British Embassy in Budapest as its new Deputy Head of Mission in November 2019. Before his arrival, he served British diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. The diplomat who died this Tuesday was only 37 years of age.

Deeply saddened by the news, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has issued a statement quoting the family and several officials.

Steven’s parents Steven and Carol Dick paid tribute to their son by saying that “Steven was a much-loved son, grandson and nephew. He was kind, funny and generous.  It was always his dream to work for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and he was very happy representing our country overseas.  We are devastated by his loss and ask for privacy at this tragic time.” 

The UK Ambassador to Hungary, Iain Lindsay said of Steven with whom he had worked since last October: “I and my team and our families are deeply saddened and shocked at Steven’s passing. We extend our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends.  Steven was a dear colleague and friend who had made a tremendous impression in Hungary since his arrival last October with his personal warmth and his sheer professionalism, not least his excellent Hungarian. As our fellow Scot Robert Burns, whose works we had recently recited together, wrote ‘Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d, Few heads with knowledge so inform’d'. We will miss him so much.” 

As Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, “I am desperately saddened by the news of Steven’s death and my heart goes out to his parents Steven and Carol. Steven was a dedicated diplomat and represented his country with great skill and passion. He will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him.” 


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