A memorial event for Sam Wilkinson, well known island-wide for playing guitar in high-end restaurants and as a writer, will take place in Rawai in December.
For over 15 years Sam, full name Anthony Jerome Wilkinson, has traveled to every corner of the island performing at resorts large and small, his face and voice carrying his simple and beautiful message on this what it was like to live in Phuket.
During his years on the island, Sam has written countless restaurant reviews for many respected food publications. He also worked as an editor at The Phuket Gazette and later contributed as a writer to Phuket News.
Sam died at the Marie Curie Hospice in his hometown of Liverpool in England on June 5 after a brief battle with cancer. Although it was already noticeable that Sam’s health had started to decline, in total it was only two months from diagnosis to death. He was 66 years old.
Since his passing, the number of messages posted online of condolences, support and tributes to the wonderful character that was Sam have been too numerous to count, testifying to the lives of people living in Phuket and many regular visitors. , he had touched with his endearing liveliness. He was a loving force of nature.
“To all the beautiful people at the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool who cared for our father Sam Wilkinson until his last breath…words cannot express our appreciation for all you have done and continue to do for those in need. May you be as blessed as we are for taking care of you in the last days, hours and minutes,” wrote Collette Edouard, Sam’s daughter who lives in Phuket, where she co-founded Head Start International School.
“He was lovingly cared for by my sister warrior Joy Dove, family members and beautiful human beings at Clatterbridge Hospital and Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton. If you think there are no more good people in the world, think again. These people are heroes in my books,” she added.
“Dad breathed his last at 10:47 p.m. with Joy and I by his side. We played him his favorite songs from Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, Beatles and John Mayer while reading all the messages his friends and family sent in the days leading up to his death,” Collette wrote.
“From the diagnosis of advanced pancreatic and liver cancer in April until his passing in June, we had little time to revisit dad’s childhood places and relive his fond memories here in England, but we have do our best!” Collette added, posting a collection of photos of Sam “so you can experience the beautiful time we had together in dad’s last days.”
“Rest in Peace Dad. You left a legacy of strong, brave and kind children and grandchildren. You are gone but not forgotten. And in the true spirit of Liverpool, remember you will never walk alone Let your free spirit fly with the angels, never to suffer again.
Details of the memorial event, during which Sam’s ashes will be scattered at the desired location in Rawai, where he lived for many years, will be announced when available.
Anyone seeking information regarding attendance at the memorial in December can email Collette at [email protected]