THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

We listen in as the Sub-Zero & Wolf Managing Director
Craig Davies chats to Mark Wilkinson OBE.

This is a story I want to tell. It’s a story that deserves to be told, a story I want to shout from the rooftops. It’s about an old pal, and it’s been written with the help of another old pal in a way that I hope you’ll enjoy.

We make a lot of acquaintances in this business, and a few friends too. This one was a special friend. At the beginning of 2017, Mark Wilkinson OBE began to feel the effects of an illness that was eventually diagnosed as pancreatic cancer. He faced the situation with a stoic kindness, telling his friends ‘don’t cry for me, I’ve had a wonderful time’ as he boldly faced his final adventure.

In the early hours of July 5th, the Wilkinson family were awoken by their two dogs, Shadow and Archie, whose howls announced the end of Mark’s life. What I want to do here is to share my experience of a man I came to revere, a man of huge generosity and mischievous humour, a man of massive intelligence and fascinating philosophy. He touched the lives of everyone he met. He looked after me when I needed looking after, and we shared what was a very special friendship.

I remember how on Christmas mornings, when he’d have a bottle of Champagne – that he’d hung out from the window to chill the night before – and a plate of scrambled eggs and salmon to start the festivities (probably sat in the bed that he’d built himself) with his wife Cynthia and his children, Gregory and Victoria, he’d call me to wish me a Happy Christmas. He did that every year. It made me feel special. He changed people’s lives.

A special man, a special spirit, and a damn good guy. At the end of last year, Sub Zero & Wolf magazine invited him to London for an interview. It didn’t go as planned….

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