By NZHJ February 12, 2018 Industry news

Mark Glidden sadly left us on New Year’s Eve after 18 months battling cancer, mere days away from his 60th birthday.

A keen sportsperson and super-competitive, Mark Glidden started work as a draughtsman.

By his mid-20s he was with Velux Roof Windows and in 1988 moved to Australia as Australasian Sales Manager.

At the same time as managing Velux, back in NZ, Mark bought buying a kiwifruit farm in Kumeu, west of Auckland, effectively taking on a second full time job.

Typically competitive and always with a need for speed, on two wheels and four, he’d drive the tractor around the farm like a race car.

Ever one for an opportunity, Mark then started his own business, one of the very first telemarketing operations.

Towards the middle of the 1990s he’d re-appear as General Manager of electronics company Arlec NZ, then partner up with Tony Ellis importing and selling electrical accessories.

When that business was sold, in 1999 Mark became GM at PDL Electrical and later GM at Nylex, which would become Ajax.

Mark also founded Timbalok Fasteners which was later acquired by Senco Brands in 2012.

At this point he retired due to ill health and promptly proceeded to reinvent his life and relationships.

Described as “brave, so staunch and so positive” right until the end, Mark was farewelled to 1996’s best driving song, Lowrider!

Mark is survived by wife Jayne and sons James and Daniel.

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