Industry associates mourn Tim Blincoe

Jo Francis
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Industry colleagues and associates are mourning the loss of Fujifilm product manager Tim Blincoe, who has died after a year-long illness.

Tim Blincoe with his wife Julie
Tim Blincoe with his wife Julie

Blincoe had spent his entire career in the industry. He died on 28 May, aged 49, just a few days short of his 50th birthday.

After studying engineering at Telford College of Arts & Technology, in 1992 he joined Precision Colour Printing as a Mac operator, and then moved to sister business The Shropshire Star where he added drum scanning to his skills. 

He switched to the supplier side of the industry in 1996 when he joined Linotype-Hell as a software engineer and instructor. 

After Linotype-Hell was acquired by Heidelberg Blincoe went on to work at the press manufacturer for more than 12 years and became a Prinect workflow and integration specialist. 

Blincoe (far right) pictured enjoying the delights of Düsseldorf with Heidelberg colleagues at Drupa 2008

He joined Fujifilm Europe in February 2010, initially in product support, and for the past seven-and-a-half years as product manager for print production workflow solutions. His role involved working with customers and distribution partners in EMEA and Australasia. 

Fujifilm UK Graphic Systems division manager Andy Kent said Blincoe had forged friendships with many international colleagues, and the business had received messages of condolence from all over the world.

“Tim was a well-liked and respected member of the Fujifilm’s European workflow support group. His professionalism, enthusiasm and sense of humour will be greatly missed by us all,” he said. 

Blincoe worked in the product management team headed by John Davies, who also paid tribute. 

“Working or relaxing, Tim was always professional but also always joking, always having a laugh about something, and I believe for the many people that became Tim’s friends within the Fujifilm family this side of his character will be their lasting memory of him,” Davies said. 

“Many of the messages we have received from colleagues reference how willing Tim was to answer, and I quote, ‘the stupid support questions’ which demonstrated how approachable he was. Over the years Tim has greatly contributed and helped shape how customers use our products.”

Davies said Blincoe took great enjoyment in “getting beyond the phone and email” while working at major exhibitions, where he made many connections and lasting friendships.

“Tim is going to be missed for many reasons within the Fujifilm family, his technical knowledge, keeping us all updated when Apple release something new, his bubbly nature, his good humour. For over 10 years Tim has been an integral part of our team and will be greatly missed by all of us,” he added. 

Blincoe is survived by his wife Julie, and two children from a previous marriage. 

His funeral will be held on Friday 11 June at 11am, at St Mary’s Church, The Village, Kingswinford. Family flowers only, but donations in his memory can be made to Cancer Research via Farmer & Son (Wordsley)

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