October 13, 1939 ~ August 6, 2015

Born in: Derbyshire, England,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Anthony "Tony" Walgate, 75, of Asheville, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015 at home surrounded by loved ones. Mr. Walgate was born October 13, 1939 in Derbyshire, England. After graduating from Nottingham Technical College with a degree in Textile Technology, specializing in knitting fabrics, his career spanned from London to Ireland and then finally to North Carolina where he was a pioneer in double-knit fabrics for women's apparel maker Leslie Faye. In 1964, he married Cathy Bridges of Lincolnton, North Carolina. In 1966, he came to Asheville to help Glen Raven Mills launch their knitted fabrics division. Six years later he became Vice President of Knitting for Avondale Mills. Mr. Walgate opened his own firm, Hi Tech Knitting, in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1982 and worked there until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Walgate enjoyed playing tennis at the Asheville Racquet Club, especially USTA men's doubles. He was an avid gardner and took pride in his tomatoes and other vegetables. In addition to his wife of 51 years, Cathy, he is survived by his son Andrew and daughter Katie Campbell (husband, Chris); his grandchildren Vivian and Benjamin; his sisters Janette Archer and Anne Hughes (husband, Derrick); and his brother Peter Walgate (wife, Judy). His family owes a great deal of gratitude to Dr. Margaret Noel and the staff of Memory Care for their concern, dedication and compassion during Mr. Walgate's illness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Memory Care, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville N.C. 28803 or online at www.memorycare.org. The family will receive friends during an informal visitation at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road in Arden from 6:30-8:30 PM on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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  1. Dear Kathy and family,

    Tony was one our favorite people and he will certainly be missed. Joe and I
    wanted you to know we are here for you to help in any way we that is needed.
    May time help you heal from his loss and we know within our hearts that is
    in a better place.
    May prayer offered by your many friends and loved ones help you in your time of need.
    Love always,
    Billie and Joe

  2. Katie,
    It is with sadness that I hear of your dad passing. I know it is a difficult time as my dad passed in Jan 2010. Anyway I would love to see you all. If I cannot make it on Tuesday, please forgive me. Maybe a lot of us who worked together can get together soon. Call anytime 828 582 1037 Gordon

  3. My condolences to the family. May all have comfort from knowing that the Almighty is near to those broken in heart. (Psalm 34:18) Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Walgate’s family and friends. He certainly had an impressive life, and I’m sure he provided many employment opportunities to many families throughout his career; thus, touching many people in a positive way.

  5. Dear Katie, Chris and family,

    Your Dad life sounds amazing. I know your hearts are heavy. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May the peace from God that passes all understanding be with you all.

    Becky, A-B Tech

  6. I was sorry to hear of the death of Tony Walgate. I knew Tony in the early 60s in London and his sister Janette who married my friend Shelagh Archer’s brother Terry. I visited Tony’s home in Nottingham a couple of times and met his parents and sister and brother. I know that Tony worked for Larnaknit in London before he went to America and was interested to read that he had done so well in the business. My condolences

  7. Cathy
    I was very sorry to hear that we lost Tony. I remember our tennis friendship back in the day before Joan and I left Asheville and reacquainting, by surprise, at a CREIA meeting a couple of years ago.
    My heart goes out to you and your family at this grievous time.

  8. It is now 2018 I have just learned of Tony’s passing. He was an outstanding and brilliant man and I shall always treasure my time spent with him at Avondale Mills. I extend my deepest sympathy to his entire family.


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