Some sad news to report with the passing of Nigel Timms, who spent the later part of his career with Wolseley UK.
Nigel started his working life in insurance as an underwriter with Norwich Union and then moving on to work for Legal and General. However, he soon found that his interest lay within the building trade and his early years were spent working with Millington’s before moving on to Wolseley UK in 1992, having worked for its (former) Builder Center brand and latterly becoming National Specification Manager.
His family soon grew to accept his passion for bricks as lots of holidays and days out were spent looking at building sites and examining bricks to see if they were suitable for his next project. Nigel had two sons and upon his marriage to Edwina he took on the responsibility for her two children as well. Along came 12 grandchildren which kept them both busy with days out and family holidays.
Nigel had always enjoyed caravan holidays and when a caravan was purchased his dream was to tow it to France for a family holiday. Many short breaks were taken over the years which included stops on the way to look at his precious bricks.
Nigel loved to spend time in the garden and he had also been a member of several clubs over the years including the Round Table and Shepshed Rugby Club where his role was to arrange the social activities, which he was very good at.
Nigel was well known for his social activities and his ability to raise money for the clubs he belonged to. He joined the St John Ambulance, where he made it clear he would never do any first aid but he would raise money so that the younger members could be given additional opportunities. He raised £10,000 on one occasion and was in his element when he found he was going to be interviewed on the radio. Furthermore, Nigel was honoured last year when he was included by the Queen as a Member of the Order of St John.
Nigel became unwell in July 2019 and, true to his dedication to his work, he carried on without anyone knowing. His health worsened towards the end of 2020 but one of the last things he did the week that he passed away was to check his emails. Truly a man dedicated to his job.
Since Nigel passed away there have been numerous messages from people with their memories, which in the main part talk of his dedication to his job, his caring and kindness to the clubs he supported and raised money for.
Nigel requested that, for anyone wishing to make donations after he passed away, to give to Ward 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary where his granddaughter Evie-Mae was successfully treated for Leukaemia. Nigel spent many hours with her when she was in hospital and saw the need for fundraising for things that would help the children to pass the time and to help them to get through a very difficult time.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up in Nigel’s memory: www.gofundme.com/f/nigels-last-request
7th November 1946 — 8th January 2021