Barclays Bank lawyers killed in Italian avalanche died doing what they loved

“She was always meticulous and careful in everything she did, and though she was killed in a tragic accident, it was doing something that she loved,” Mr Clarke-Sullivan added.Mr Ziegler, a married father of two children aged eight and five, lived in east London with his wife, Victoria, 43, who became concerned at his whereabouts when he missed his flight home on Sunday.The 43-year-old was born in Surrey before he attended the Oxfordshire boarding school, Radley College, and later studied law at the London School of Economics.In a statement released yesterday, Mrs Ziegler said: “Matt was very much loved by all of us, his friends and his colleagues.“We want to say thank you to everyone who has sent their condolences and offered their help. This is obviously an extremely sad and difficult time for us, so we thank you for respecting our need for privacy so we can try and deal with our loss.” Described as “a very experienced backcountry skier and climber” by her husband, Ms Clarke was the first New Zealand woman to have climbed and skied the three highest peaks in Greenland. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. New Zealand national Ms Clarke, 39, who lived in London, had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the ski resort town of Courmayeur when an avalanche occurred  Two Barclays Bank lawyers who were killed in an Italian avalanche “died doing what they loved”, their families have said. Katherine Clarke, 39, and Matt Ziegler, 43, were both corporate lawyers and were skiing in a valley near the resort of Courmayeur, in the northern region of Valle d’Aosta, when they were killed alongside two other victims on Sunday afternoon.They are understood to have been on a skiing trip with colleagues when the fatal incident took place.Ms Clarke, a mother of one originally from New Zealand, lived in London with her husband, Jim Clarke-Sullivan, who she was due to celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary with today.Mr Clarke-Sullivan said his wife will “be missed beyond words”, adding: “Words cannot describe the loss we feel after Sunday’s accident. Katherine was an amazing mother who loved our daughter, Isla, very deeply and was completely devoted to her.“I have so many stories to tell Isla about her mum, who was always brave, always calm, bright and happy.“Katherine had an adventurous spirit which found its home in the mountains.” New Zealand national Ms Clarke, 39, who lived in London, had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the ski resort town of Courmayeur when an avalanche occurred Credit:PA read more