Tom Smith Obituary

Tom Smith - An Obituary

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It was with immense sadness that I learned of the death of Tom Smith on January 1st.

I first met Tom early in 1987 when he interviewed me for a sales job. I didn’t like his boss and turned the offer down, but I liked Tom a lot and we kept in touch. Within 6 months I presented him with a business plan and we started our business together by December that year – a business which still exists to this day in the form of Big Red.

Tom was an amazing business partner. He would patiently listen to my often wild plans, calmly talk me down from the ceiling when I was havering and quickly spot the occasional smart idea I had and drive it forward at pace. It is guys like Tom Smith that make guys like me look as though we know what we are doing.

As well as being a business partner he was also a close friend and we shared twenty exhilarating years together. Businesses, as everyone knows, are like roller-coasters and Tom was with me 100% through every peak and trough. Finally though he came to me and asked to get off the ride. So I got to work and we sold most of the company off. Tom, unconventional as ever, took off for Thailand and when there, shunned the ex-pat lifestyle and bought a small farm in the hills where he reared ducks and rice.

He came back to Scotland a few years ago to be nearer to his kids and grandkids. Not having had the best of starts in life himself, he was ever a family man and it hung heavy on him being so far from home as his extended family developed.

He will be sorely missed and I and all my team owe the man a huge debt of gratitude for his friendship, loyalty, hard work, positivity and good humour often in the face of extreme adversity.

RIP old friend.

C McSherry

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After 33 years of running my own IT businesses, I've seen trends come, go...and come back again. With each business I've been involved in, the focus has always been on building in value for my customers. I was honoured to receive an OBE for my services to Scottish business in 2018.

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