It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Lionel Wood, co-founder of PSG, at 92 years old.
Lionel and his brother Tony had worked as salesmen for industrial paint manufacturers Docker Brothers before going it alone in 1970 when they created Paint Services (Godalming) Ltd along with Michael Gauntlett. From humble beginnings the company enjoyed steady growth, with 80% of the business concentrated on the industrial sector. The advent of colour mixing machines in the early ‘80s revolutionised the world of industrial paints, and signalled the demise of the reseller in that sector. PSG saw an opportunity to steer the company in a different direction, and under Lionel’s guidance, the next 10 years saw PSG evolve into a fully certified supplier of aerospace and defence coatings. Today this sector represents over 90% of PSG’s business.
In his private life Lionel had many and varied interests. He was a very talented artist with a keen interest and love of the arts in general, and his passion for cricket – both as a very capable player and a devoted Lords spectator – was legendary. He enjoyed a wonderfully happy family life and had a wide circle of friends. Lionel’s gentle and infectious charm touched everyone he met – whether in business or out of it. Several long serving personnel at PSG speak of his incredibly positive influence on them when they joined the company. Lionel made everyone feel respected and valued, and he will always be remembered as one of PSG’s founding fathers.