Farewell to a man of in­tegrity

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - MEDIA & MARKETING -

WE WERE sad­dened to hear this week of the death of Joburg pub­lic­ity man Vic­tor Knowles, manag­ing di­rec­tor and co-owner of Owl­hurst Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Vic­tor passed away peace­fully on Jan­uary 5 af­ter a very short, but tragic bat­tle with can­cer, the agency says.

Vic­tor joined his wife Vanessa at the agency over a decade ago.

Owl­hurst has con­tin­ued to grow from strength to strength un­der their and their part­ner’s guid­ing hands.

Apart from be­ing a true gen­tle­man, Vic­tor was known as a man of in­tegrity and, for those who dealt with him in the me­dia, a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional. He was a skilled fa­cil­i­ta­tor, putting clients and jour­nal­ists in touch and then keep­ing to the side­lines, as a proper PR op­er­a­tor should do. He was never pushy with me­dia peo­ple and al­lowed jour­nal­ists the space to make their own de­ci­sions on ma­te­rial he would sug­gest. But, along with Vanessa, he dis­played a canny news sense.

Owl­hurst de­vel­oped a strong client base over the years, many of whom de­vel­oped a long-term re­la­tion­ship with the agency.

Vic­tor and Vanessa had slowly been pre­par­ing them­selves for their up­com­ing “semi-re­tire­ment” to the pic­turesque Free State vil­lage of Clarens, where they de­vel­oped a num­ber of four-star self-ca­ter­ing units. Even though he was wind­ing down from the Joburg rat race, Vic­tor still found the en­ergy to spread the tourism mes­sage of Clarens in a pro­fes­sional and far-reach­ing way.

He will be missed and our sym­pa­thies go out to Vanessa, his fam­ily and his col­leagues. –

VIC­TOR KNOWLES

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