James Anthony Wiltshire, 1943 - 2009

Friday 7th August 2009

James Anthony Wiltshire, 1943 - 2009

It is with great sadness that the family of James Anthony (Tony) Wiltshire report his death Cheltenham General Hospital on August 1st following a short illness.

Born in Bristol on April 16th 1943, Wiltshire enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry, about which he was to become one of the UK’s leading authorities. Starting with a firm of brokers, he joined the Phoenix Assurance Company in 1968, where he soon won the company’s ‘Gold Watch Award’, intended to identify younger members of staff showing potential for high achievement within the business. Mere selection was considered an honour, and Wiltshire duly delivered on his early promise, rising to become Assistant Company Secretary.

Following the takeover of the Phoenix by the Sun Alliance in 1985, a process in which he played an important role, he joined the Eagle Star Insurance Company where he was to become Group Company Secretary.

Throughout his career in insurance, he also wrote extensively on the subject including ‘Ellis and Wiltshire’s Regulation of Insurance’, first published in 1982 and continuously updated by the authors thereafter. Indeed the 101st issue was published shortly before his death.

A great lover of the countryside, Tony met Muriel Jones on a walking holiday in the Lake District and the couple married at Chelsea Registry Office in 1988. Tony was a devoted husband and, as an only child, thrived in family life, greatly enjoying the company of Muriel’s three children from her first marriage, Caroline, Fraser and Ian, and ultimately his role as a step-grandfather to Jasmine and Vivien.

In 1989 Wiltshire became Company Secretary of HHB Communications Ltd, a successful supplier of professional audio and broadcast technology established by Muriel’s son Ian Jones, a position in which he remained active until his death.

Blessed with a photographic memory and always stickler for detail, it was said that Wiltshire would regularly read the newspaper before breakfast, relaying its contents verbatim over morning tea and toast to anyone who cared to listen. Fluent in French and a fan of both cricket and football, it was jazz music that was to become his greatest interest, a lifelong passion for which resulted in an extensive collection of records and books.

Following Eagle Star’s relocation to Cheltenham and subsequent acquisition by Zurich, he and Muriel settled in the Cotswold village of Painswick, a base from which the couple travelled extensively throughout the world, including visits to family members in the US and Japan.

A Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a winner of its Morgan Owen Gold Medal, Wiltshire retired in 2004, but remained active in the industry, both through his writing and with his own company FSA Consulting Ltd.

Tony’s funeral service will take place on Wednesday August 19th at 2.00PM, at St Mary’s Church, Painswick, Gloucestershire, followed by Cremation at Gloucester Crematorium.

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