Sam Ogle: 1950-2020

Jun 22, 2020   People

It is with great regret that we note the passing of our colleague Sam, who died of natural causes earlier this month.

Born in 1950 on St Patrick’s Day in Belfast, and educated at the prestigious Royal Belfast Academical Institution school or ‘Inst’ as he called it, Sam went on to work at the Belfast Telegraph where he became interested in journalism. At first, Sam moved into sales, working for the Gallagher Group (owners of the largest tobacco factory in the world, in Belfast) promoting Rothmans and his favoured brand Dunhill cigarettes in Ivory Coast and Senegal, among many countries in Africa. He relished the travelling and expatriate lifestyle, leading to many daring exploits including big game fishing and getting into and surviving some quite dangerous situations, tales of which he would often recount at events in his later career. He went on to work in the US with Beefeater Gin, moving into publishing sales and journalism in the late 1990s. Sam edited Think Law magazine before specialising for the last fourteen years in the automotive logistics and supply chain industry. He has been editor of several automotive publications and, for the last decade, Automotive Purchasing & Supply Chain. He has moderated and taken part in, panel discussions at automotive conferences in the UK, the US, Russia, Turkey, Finland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Mexico.

He was a keen follower of sports and became a rugby and football referee in Africa leading to many amusing tales of mastering some fairly wild games in English and French, which he spoke fluently. Sam was also a keen member of the Surrey Cricket Club, becoming a committee member, and recently being awarded life membership.

He is survived by a brother Clifford, his dear companion of many years, Marianne, and many friends from the world of letters and the automotive industry, which he wrote about for many years. A lifelong member of MENSA, Sam would often be found rapidly solving The Times crossword in the company of many friends in his local pub in West London. His acerbic wit and erudition will be much missed by all of us at Three6Zero and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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