02:00PM, Friday 08 July 2016
Tributes have been paid to a ‘kind, colourful’ businessman from Maidenhead.
Phil Walker, who died last week, was known in the community for his helpful approach, his ‘trademark orange T-shirts’ and his writing.
It is understood he passed away suddenly at home.
Mr Walker was on the committee of Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Federation of Small Businesses and a member of the Association for Coaching.
Olu Odeniyi, president of the town’s chamber of commerce, said: “He was always highly respected and he helped the chamber create a forward plan so we could get to where we need to be.”
Tracey Gilman, who knew Mr Walker through his work at the chamber, said: “Everybody liked Phil. He was the kind of guy who would always help you and he had an amazing sense of humour.
“He had a life full of colour and he was always known for wearing his orange T-shirts.”
Mr Walker ran a business coaching company WTT Results Ltd and also wrote a book on transformational change in small businesses Dance with the Elephants.
Karen Kimberley, who also knew Mr Walker through work, said he would give talks for her company, The Engagement Ring.
She said: “He was always very reliable, and he would offer his time for free. He was passionate about writing, a really nice guy, who gave something to everybody.”
Mr Walker also wrote a business column for the ’Tiser in 2014.
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