One of the glass industry’s most liked and respected characters Ian Spokes, National Product Manager for Pilkington Activ™, has died. Ian was popular and well respected with over 25 years experience in the glass industry. He was 46 years old and leaves a wife, Pauline, and daughter, Sophie.
Ian possessed an infectious energy that he used to immerse himself in any activity or project he decided to embrace. This ebullience saw Ian lead his team to succeed during the past two years in establishing a ten fold growth in sales of the product for which he was responsible. His career in the glass industry began in the early ‘Eighties when, as an employee of Baco he applied for a job as sales representative with rivals Alcan. He got the job just as the companies merged, eventually to become a part of Pilkington. According to Graham Ingle, who gave him that job, Ian looked the same then but 25 years younger and he was “full of life and vigour.”
Outside of his career Ian was an enthusiastic maritime archaeologist, historian and diver and indeed, it was during his pursuit of this passion that Ian succumbed to what is believed to be heart failure.
A search on Google produced a large number of references to Ian. These showed his involvement with a number of promotional activities relating to his work, but many more referred to his maritime interests. One particularly poignant listing referred to a review that Ian placed on Amazon on the re-issue of an album by one of his favourite musical groups Deep Purple, Made in Japan. In his notes Ian refers to how he: “converted my [then] 11 year old daughter to the album and now she insists on me playing Smoke on the Water at high volume as I take her to school.”
He recently returned from a family holiday in Florida to which he said he would “Go back to tomorrow”; such was his enjoyment there with his family and even despite his workaholism.
Ian’s loss will be felt by everyone that knew him.
The funeral of Ian Spokes, who sadly passed away last week, will be held on Friday 4th May at 11.00am, at the Saltwell Crematorium, Saltwell Road South
Gateshead, NE9 6DT. All are welcome. After the funeral Ian’s family has invited those attending to join them at the Springfield Hotel, Durham Rd, Gateshead, NE9 5BT