Dave Wilcox Has Died


A well-known character from the UK industry’s heyday of the 1980s and 1990s, Dave Wilcox, died on Monday at his home near Burton-upon-Trent, England.

Dave, who was 80, died in a nursing home after fighting a protracted illness. His wife, Heather, who is also well known in the industry from running her own company specialising in designing trade show booths, notably for the old ATEI in London, was by his side. We understand that Dave and Heather have a daughter, who lives in Australia.

Dave’s life-long devotion to the coin machine industry took him through Phonographic’s early days and continued after it became Associated Leisure. Eventually he retired from that and opened his own company Solney Leisure. At the height of his influence in the industry, Dave Wilcox was responsible for the input of many thousands of AWP machines into the Phonographic and AL operation businesses.

Full details and information on the funeral arrangements will follow in a few days’ time.

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