It was so shocked and saddened to hear of Wullie’s passing. I had the pleasure of working and travelling with Wullie over a number of years in the mid noughties to 2012 and always enjoyed his company. He was level-headed, down to earth and good humoured – great to be with as a colleague and a friend. Of all the times we spent together, the memory that sticks with me most is our time in South Africa, whether that be evenings spent chatting over a beer (or several) or visits to places like the Sterkfontain caves to see Lucy the human-ancestor. Probably the most poignant memory was when a few of us visited the Lion Park near Johannesburg, which is where the condolence book header photograph was taken, getting up-close and personal with the big cats and some giraffes led to some fun antics with Wullie just hopping out of the way as our friend and colleague Steve Abbey suffered the ignominy of have a 6-month old cub sink its teeth into his backside!
I extend my thoughts and sympathies to Wullie’s family at this sad, sad loss of someone so well liked by all and still so young.