In memory of Gill Watkins

Forum for Armortek Owners to Meet, chat and share knowledge. You are advised to check 'official advice' before carrying out any modifications.
Daniel Scholefield
Posts: 155
Joined: Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:48 pm
Location: Maidstone, Kent
Has liked: 13 times
Been Liked: 83 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Daniel Scholefield » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:33 am

This is as sad as it is unexpected. It was Gill who helped me (repeatedly) during my early days building my Mark IV when my enthusiasm far outstripped my ability. More than that she made me feel welcome in the 'extended famiily' of owners and builders that overcame my usual social reticence. She will be missed...
Mark IV No. 35 aka. L9 Lightning III

User avatar
Youngjae Bae
Posts: 164
Joined: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:01 am
Location: South Korea
Has liked: 447 times
Been Liked: 274 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Youngjae Bae » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:45 am

My warmest tribute to the memory of the deceased.

Michael Röder
Posts: 45
Joined: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:29 pm
Has liked: 17 times
Been Liked: 8 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Michael Röder » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:01 am

Sincere condolences for Mark with family and the Armortek team.

martin pitcairn
Posts: 168
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:53 pm
Has liked: 179 times
Been Liked: 4 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by martin pitcairn » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:40 am

My sincere condolences to Mark and family, taken far too early.

Martin

jim beer
Posts: 12
Joined: Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:28 am
Location: DEVON

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by jim beer » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:37 am

So very sorry to read this news,best wishes to the family.

BobGrey
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:44 am
Location: Preston, Lancashire
Has liked: 81 times
Been Liked: 2 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by BobGrey » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:50 pm

Very sad news. All my condolences to Mark and family.
Bob & Graeme

Martin Hofmann
Posts: 284
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:20 pm
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Has liked: 24 times
Been Liked: 426 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Martin Hofmann » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:49 pm

I am so sorry to hear such sad news.

My sincere condolences to Mark and family
Regards Martin

Frank Breitenbach
Posts: 133
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:52 am
Location: Grafenau, Germany
Has liked: 14 times
Been Liked: 182 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Frank Breitenbach » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:29 pm

Sincere condolences for Mark with family and the Armortek team.

User avatar
Paul Morris
Posts: 1554
Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2007 4:44 pm
Location: North Lancs
Been Liked: 1 time

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Paul Morris » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:16 pm

Oh no!
I've only just found out ... how terribly sad ... heartfelt and sincere condolences to Mark and all the family.
Paul and Alison and Vinnie and Lisa.
Paul's Tank Workshop. Complete Tank builds and re builds zimmerit and paint to museum quality standard. pjtigerman@aol.com
01524 720977
https://www.facebook.com/PaulsTankWorkshop

David Battson
Posts: 48
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:51 pm
Location: Gloucestershire
Has liked: 31 times
Been Liked: 28 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by David Battson » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:35 pm

Sincerest condolences to you Mark and your family, our thoughts are with you,
A real shock and tragedy that someone with such great enthusiasm and vivacity should leave us so soon and especially as a new life with Mark away from Armortek was just unfolding. Whether calling on the phone or meeting in person, Gill always made me feel welcomed like a long lost friend. Her subtle blend of business like efficiency and personal sincerity never failed to give absolute confidence in the Armortek brand and make you feel like the number one customer – what more could you ask for and a reason no doubt that many of us are still part of this community today.
With great sadness,
David, Heather and the boys

Robin Hinson
Posts: 103
Joined: Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:10 pm
Location: BEDFORDSHIRE

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Robin Hinson » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:10 pm

I really don’t know how to express myself at this moment, this is a really sad time for all. This beautiful lady so full of bounce and energy that helped and encouraged us all. I can only echo at this time the warm sentiments that so many have written.

Our warmest thoughts to Mark and his family at this heart breaking time

Robin and Pek

User avatar
Robert E Morey
Posts: 1725
Joined: Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:59 am
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Been Liked: 106 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by Robert E Morey » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:33 am

Wow this is shocking and terribly sad news. Gill made Armortek feel like family. Even for us across the pond.

Well where she's going the packages are at least light and airy - I still remember her comments on packing heavy tank models out for delivery. Over the years I've purchased several - and she packaged and shipped most if not all.

She was a key part of Armortek's success. Behind every good man is a great woman -so the <true> phrase goes.

I hope she got to enjoy some retirement in good measure.
Best regards, Gill and Mark. Thank you both for what you have created for us to enjoy.

John Hill
Posts: 58
Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:44 am
Location: Exeter, Devon, UK

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by John Hill » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:35 am

It is with heartfelt sadness we offer our condolences to Mark, Daniel and Sara, at this difficult time.
I first met Gill many years ago and I remember feeling that I had known her for years, she had that effect.
Her open, warm and engaging personality made you feel that way, part of her world.
Many are grateful and appreciative of her painstaking efforts in sorting out "tanky" issues and ensuring everything was correct and as it should be.
Her firm, but fair business style earned the trust and respect of all that knew her. Gill's big presence in the tank world made it sometimes
easy to forget she was also, a wife, a mum, anima/dog lover, the later we shared with her.
I guess we all loved Gill for who she was, a very special lady.

Thank you Gill and God Bless, John and Maureen Hill x

RITSUO TSUJIMOTO
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 11:28 am
Been Liked: 7 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by RITSUO TSUJIMOTO » Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:47 pm

I only know Gill in photography, but I read the memorial of “ARMORTEK Family” and decided to make her a woman as I imagined from the picture.
I wanted to hear her voice because it was all right.

Congratulations to Mark and his family from the island nation of Japan.

RITSUO TSUJIMOTO
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon May 28, 2018 11:28 am
Been Liked: 7 times

Re: In memory of Gill Watkins

Post by RITSUO TSUJIMOTO » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:02 pm

Mistaken last word
Sincerest apologies! ! !

I only know Gill in photography, but I read your words. It was a woman as I imagined.
I wanted to hear her voice.

From an island country in Japan
We express sorrow to Mark and his family.

Post Reply