Many of you will have seen on our website and in our last newsletter, the sad news of Ulrik Walther’s death on 27th November 2018 from cancer at the very young age of 55. 

I had known Ulrik for some 18 years, from when I first joined the board of the Chamber of Commerce in 2001.  Unsurprisingly, my first real memory of him was of sharing a gin and tonic after a Nordic Drinks at the SAS Radisson in Portman Square.  We hit it off immediately, and it would have been the first of many drinks we shared over the years, discussing travels, the Chamber, politics, people and life in general. Ulrik had so many amusing stories, and so many great mimics of friends and acquaintances, and people he met on his worldwide travels.  I met no more skilled person than Ulrik in imitating foreigners speaking English. It makes me smile now just thinking of it. I was lucky enough to visit both Syria and Iran, with lots of advice and recommendations from Ulrik, who knew both countries well.  Needless to say, they turned out to be amongst the most memorable trips of my life, not least because of his excellent guidance.

Gunnar and I were fortunate enough to attend the celebration of his life at Golders Green Crematorium in December, in a service led by his brother-in-law, the Reverend Phil Hills. Although a sombre occasion, it was hard not to smile as we remembered our own experiences with Ulrik as stories from family, colleagues, friends and neighbours lit up the chapel. 

Ulrik had been an active member of the Danish community in the UK since 1988.  He was a board member and treasurer of the Danish Club from 1998-2002 and then a board member and treasurer of the Danish-UK Chamber of Commerce, where he served for 15 years. He continued as treasurer of the newly created Danish-UK Association until his untimely death.

 

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Professionally, Ulrik was Director of Official Institutions at BNP Paribas Asset Management with a focus on Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Ulrik served 5 years with Fidelity Investments and 15 years with J.P. Morgan and associated companies.

Ulrik also worked in voluntary organisations for many years and served as Secretary-General of The Nordic Young Conservative Union, Executive Committee Member of the Democratic Youth Community of Europe and member of the Council for International Development under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 4 years.

If I may I would like to borrow the quote from the end of his thanksgiving service. It is from Pericles, Ruler of Athens c 461-492BC

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others”

I’ll miss you Ulrik. Thank you for some wonderful memories

He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.  Our heartfelt thoughts are with Angela and the family.  

 

 

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