Monday, 7 October 2013

Freeman Laurie Young 1955 - 2013 - Funeral Friday 4 October

Laurie sadly died on September 18th from a massive heart attack.  At his funeral his partner, sons and other family members spoke of having seen him as usual, with his wide smile and energetic conversation, literally on the day.  What a way to go we might say, but the sadness and feeling of bereavement hits extraordinarily hard to all those close to him when it is such a sudden and unexpected loss.  A hole in everyone's lives is created which we can only now fill with all our memories of him. Laurie was an international specialist in the marketing and selling of services, focused mainly on the professional services and technology sectors.  Having been a leading partner in PWC as well as having held senior roles with BT and Unisys, Laurie founded, built and sold his own consultancy company. He was a great public speaker and a published writer with several books under his belt and, I believe, a latest book shortly to be published.  He was also a friend to so many, including the Marketors, and we were proud to lure him into the Company only a year ago.  He was admitted at the Bowden Dinner in October 2012 and immediately became an active member of the Think Tank. True to form the funeral service started with the love theme from Blade Runner.  One of his three sons played the organ (having only ever played the piano) for the large congregation to sing Amazing Grace.  Several tributes were made from family and friends and at the end of the service, we exited to Eric Idle's 'Always look on the bright side of Life' - and Laurie did.

The Company was well represented by the Master, Wardens and Past Masters.  RIP Laurie, you will not be forgotten and are sadly missed.

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