It is with a heavy heart that over the past month we have been saddened to hear of the death of two characters synonymous with Audiotel International Limited. These are Bob Gelernter who was our American agent and had been with the company for over 26 years who died in July and our founder Harold Edward Tracey (Lee to his friends and colleagues) who passed away in May 2019.
Born Harold Edward Tracey in 1926 in Northern Ireland, Lee originally joined Kodak as an apprentice in 1941 at age 16 as well as the Air Training Corps. At aged 18 he was called up by the RAF at the height of the war to serve in intelligence and surveillance. He continued to work in the field of intelligence for the rest of his illustrious career. At some point in this period Lee was recruited by his ex Squadron Leader to join the security forces which is where he met his future wife the actress / singer Maria Wagg. Whilst working for the security forces Lee developed the staircase receiver. This was enhanced redeveloped and eventually the technology was allowed onto the commercial market through a company Lee ran called Technical Security Limited. The product proved so successful that in 1978 Lee left the government agency and established Audiotel International. He was with Audiotel until the mid 80’s when he left to pursue other business ventures. He continued to work as a freelance engineer often in the field of surveillance for a number of customers including the West Midlands Police, PAR Ltd and Pixel Power Camera Limited. Lee’s wife Maria died in 2014 and from then on Lee withdrew from the business world. He died earlier this year in May 2019 and was given a full military burial a few days ago in Shrewsbury.
Robert (T-Bob) Gelernter, owner of AM&S in Austin, Texas, USA. sadly passed away after a valiant 14 month fight against cancer on 2nd July 2019. Bob was born on 28th May 1957 and had become a close friend, respected colleague and mentor to many people, both in his home in Texas and through his ever growing network worldwide.
Bob was one of Audiotel’s longest partners having represented us in the US market for over 25 years. During his time working alongside us, Bob saw Audiotel move location three times due to expansion. He was a regular source of anecdotes of his past experiences with our team, both past and present.
Bob’s diligence, positive attitude, advice and philosophy on all matters (business or otherwise), sense of humour and constant pursuit of perfecting his British accent will be greatly missed by everyone at Audiotel. All who knew him have nothing but fond memories of our dear friend and partner “Texas Bob”.