obtained his degree he found that employment
opportunities were limited and since he needed
to earn some money to finance a life to which
he would like to become accustomed, he had
to change direction.
Prior to his
trip, Neil’s employment had been
in publishing related businesses, so he
was well placed when an opportunity came
up to join the Risk in their London Office.
A posting to Hong Kong a couple of years
later was to change his life forever for
it was there that he met Dinah Webster.
They left Hong Kong for New
York in January 2000 to take up new posts
in the New York office of Risk Waters Group
and after renting a small apartment in Manhattan
they found a delightful house in Port Washington,
Long Island which they bought in July, only
2 months before they died.
Wherever Neil went he brought
happiness and had the ability to make friends
easily and more importantly, retain them.
He was generous, kind and compassionate.
He always sought quality, whether it was
designer clothes, top fishing gear or a prestigious
car. But he also loved the simple things
in life; a walk in the fields, an evening
in a country pub with friends and family
and above all, fishing. He had fished all
over the world but it is doubtful whether,
in his mind, anything would compare with
a day’s fly fishing on the River Test
Neil and Dinah became engaged
to be married during the week before they
died with a view to marrying in 2002. Knowing
them, it would have been a grand affair with
a never-ending flow of champagne. They lived
life to the full and probably packed more
into their all-to-brief lives together than
most of us will in our lifetime. To quote
from the tribute contained in the booklet “In
Memory of our Friends from Risk Waters Group” published
to coincide with the Risk Waters Service
of Thanksgiving held on 19 October 2001 - “Neil’s
inherent respect for others and unselfish
regard, meant that he graced all around him.
Neil was the mediator and the generator -
admired by all who knew him for his undeniable
compassion and sincerity. Neil led by example.
The example was that it is possible to be
both a gentleman and a winner”.
We all loved Neil very much
and it is impossible to describe how much
we miss him.
Jim Cudmore (Father)