Club Olympus are very sad to announce the passing away of Tony Hartley, the Club Secretary, on the 21st of February at the age of 54, pictured at far left with Jodie, Ivan and Tony Rhodes.
Educated at Stoneham College in Reading, Berkshire. Tony Hartley lived in the Sale area of Manchester for the past 34 years. He was the Secretary of Club Olympus and also was Chairman of a group of companies with activities and offices worldwide.
Having been trained in accountancy and business law he moved into the design and marketing of business computer systems. He worked on major projects in Security, Finance, IT, Management and Accounting with local area health authorities, Government departments, Embassies and Consulates in Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the USA.
He has worked with the Rhodes family and The Olympus Group for more than 25 years and was viewed as part of the family. Tony loved Timeshare and its associated products, it's how he took his holidays and spent a major part of his business time. He served on the Executive Committee of the OTE (Organisation for Timeshare in Europe).
He has to be described as a 'workaholic' and always had a phenomenal work ethic. Over the last couple of years he had a difficult time losing his Mum and brother in short succession. Tony remained a bachelor and had no children.
Tony was known as an extremely kind, generous and caring person, however he fiercely stood his ground in areas where he felt he was right. He had an enormous sense of Justice and this was reflected in much of his work.
If you were in his company then he was "mother hen" and you were looked after properly. He was a gentleman who insisted on old values.
Tony was an inveterate traveller and revelled in exotic locations. This was part of the reason for being involved in the holiday and timeshare industry and he loved being on aeroplanes (unless there was a particularly unruly child sat near him!). Travelling was in his blood and he delighted in being able to contribute positively to peoples holidays.
Despite the travelling and non-stop work he lived life to the full and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
He will be badly missed by all those whose lives he enriched and by all of us at Club Olympus.
"Tony" - 1955 to 2009
We are holding this post at the top for a short while until everybody has been informed of Tony's sad passing. Fresh posts continue below . Tony would have insisted on 'business as usual'. He built a very competent and able team at our office in Sale, Manchester and they continue to look after the interests of Club Olympus members as normal.