Thursday, March 19, 2009

They broke the mould!

Our lives are so fragile and none of us know what lies ahead of us - the terribly tragic loss of our Construction Manager, Tony White, on Tuesday evening (apparently from a massive and unexpected heart attack whilst out with his dogs) has shocked us to the core.

On Monday evening I attended a seminar at Unipart (ran by Business Link) and the keynote speaker was from Olivier Mythodrama Associates regarding "Inspirational Leadership" - all based around Shakespeare's Henry V. One part of that story was the journey that King Henry undertook through "the dark night" and part of that process was to download and listen to someone close - his sounding board - in this case "Gloucester".

Tony White inspired all of those around him and he was a sounding board and close friend to so many people - he was a truly wonderful remarkable man who will be missed by all who met him. Our heart and prayers go out to his dear wife Mary and to their children, Dominic and Tanya, at this sad time and as they try to come to terms with their immense loss.

There will only ever be one Tony White - they literally broke the mould - he was a "diamond geezer" and we will miss him immensely. His laughter, his smile, his generosity, his kindness, his zest for life, his top skills within the building trade and so much more.

Life will never be quite the same after such a sudden loss - but I do know that Tony would expect us to "get on with it" and to not make a fuss - so we will try to do that in honour of his memory but with very heavy hearts and with so much sadness.

Rest in peace Tony - you will never be forgotten.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony was indeed a diamond geezer. He will be sorely missed by so many people, especially all his friends in Wokingham. I doubt I will ever be able to down a pint of Guinness again without thinking of Tony. Those of us who knew him were lucky that he touched our lives, even if he didn't quite get round to finishing our patios! RIP Tony, our memories are all happy ones.

March 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

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