Considerate, sincere, honourable, chivalrous, diplomatic, helpful and professional. These are just some of the words paid in tribute at the wake of Nic Pickard, whose recent passing was an inconsolable loss to family, friends and the industry alike. Nic was not only loved for himself, but for the self he gave others.
Nic's father, a distinguished and highly decorated World War Two bomber pilot, who lost his life in a daring raid in occupied France, would have been justly proud of his son's own courage and fortitude in his fight against cancer.
Nic will be remembered by many for many things. However, we at Volcano remember Nic not only as an exceptionally talented musician and sound engineer - and a perfectionist who never missed a beat - but also for his unstinting generosity and support, born out of an inherent desire to help others, whatever their needs or circumstances.
During Volcano's fledgling years, it was Nic who offered his time, talent and resources to produce pilot commercials, jingles and soundtracks on a speculative basis, which in many cases proved the deciding factor in clinching new business pitches.
“Our relationship with Nic and his staff at Memphis Studios was a very special one,” says Peter Jackson, Volcano Group CEO, who had known Nic Pickard for some thirty years, both in a personal and business capacity. “Nic was a credit to his profession, and working with him was a privilege and a pleasure. Nic was a perfectionist in every sense of the word, and one of the most meticulous and dependable people I have known. He took an inordinate sense of pride in his work and would willingly burn the midnight oil in order to achieve the right result for both agency and client. Nic will be sorely missed by all those who knew and worked with him.”
Nic, an accomplished guitarist in his own right, loved and played all types of music - but undoubtedly his favourite era was the Swingin' Sixties, and the group he admired the most was ‘The Beatles'. So Nic, on behalf of all at Volcano, wherever the long and winding road may take you, let it be to a more beautiful and peaceful place.
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Thank you to you all at Volcano for such a wonderful and well written article about my dear dad. I'm pleased (but not surprised!) to know that he had such a hugely positive impact on so many people! I'm overwhelmed by the great things the industry has had to say about him, though I'm in a different field (graphic design), his talent and encouragement, influenced me in return. I willbe and always have been immensely proud of him. Nicole Pickard
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news of Nic's passing on. I've known him since the 1970's (Zimbabwe) and sadly have lost touch with him in the last couple of years. I knew him not only as a talented musician but as an awesome guy with his own quiet spirituality and an unquestionable sense of kindness towards mankind. My condolences to Nicole, Helen and all family. What a pity we have to lose the best ones. The world is poorer without Nic in it. Rest in peace Nic. God bless. Les W