Remembering Phil Green

The former trading manager for toys at Woolworths passed away on 13 July 2020

Written by Georgie Dobie

Posted 20.07.2020 | Business

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TNP.MEDIA is sad to report the sudden passing of Phil Green, on Monday 13 July 2020, aged just 66.

The former trading manager for toys at Woolworth, and Fence Club member since 1997, had many friends in the toy trade.  

Clive Jones, honorary secretary of the Fence Club, has shared the following eulogy:  

“It is with tremendous sadness that I have to advise you that our very great friend Phil Green suddenly passed away on Monday afternoon [13 July 2020], in the peace of the garden of his new home that he had recently bought in Norfolk. A new home that he was very excited about and which he told me all about when we spoke last week. 

Phil became a Fence Club member in 1997 – in fact, we joined at the same time. He was Chairman in 2013/14. Phil and his wife Rosemary, who sadly passed away last August after a long battle with cancer, enjoyed many Fence Club functions over the years. At the annual Christmas Party they would often still be on the dance floor at the end of the evening.  

Phil raised many thousands of pounds for the club through various fundraising events. These included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, parachute jumping, walking 100 miles and cycling from London to Paris. In 2004 he was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the club for his fundraising efforts. 

He was born in Kirkby Underwood in Lincolnshire and met Rosemary there. He joined F.W. Woolworth & Co, or Woolies as we all know them, and rose to become an area manager with responsibility for several stores in North Wales. He was clearly marked out for greater things and was promoted to the head office in Marylebone Road, London to be a confectionery buyer. He once told me how many Easter Eggs he bought – it ran into millions! He became the trading controller for confectionery and was then promoted to be the trading controller for toys in 1993. These were two very big product areas for Woolies, where they enjoyed significant market share, so they were very big roles, which he thoroughly enjoyed. 

Around 1998 Phil left Woolies to become the managing director of United Overseas, a successful public company where he worked with Robert Myers. From there he worked at Games Central and then enjoyed several years working in Hong Kong at Essential Box, a confectionery business. Both Phil and Rosemary really enjoyed themselves whilst they lived in Hong Kong. 

On his return to the UK Phil became the managing director of Robert Dyas the hardware retailer. He then went into semi-retirement with his consulting company, Connexions. He advised both UK and European retailers drawing on his extensive knowledge of being a successful retailer. 

Phil was a Nottingham Forest fan and enjoyed watching many sports. He was a good golfer, playing off a decent 12 handicap. He was also a keen fisherman and enjoyed being on a boat whenever he could be. 

He liked to keep himself in good condition. He could ride 40-50 miles on bike with no problem and during this pandemic was regularly walking 10 miles a day. Michael Angel has kindly supplied the attached photos which show Phil having a great time at two recent Fence Club functions. At the curry night last December and at the Hong Kong football in January this year. 

Many members will be really shocked at this terribly sad news. Phil was a good friend to so many of us in the Toy Trade. He has been taken far too young, aged 66. Our thoughts are with their two sons Andrew and Martyn and their grandchildren, Colton and Weston at this very sad time.” 

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