Founder of Computicket, Percy Tucker, 92, dies

Percy Tucker, founder of Computicket. (Photo: Supplied)
Percy Tucker, founder of Computicket. (Photo: Supplied)
  • Percy Tucker, Founder of Computicket, has died. 
  • His family confirmed that he passed away due to Covid-related complications on Friday night.
  • He will be remembered as a pioneer in the South African entertainment industry.

The founder of Computicket, Percy Tucker has died. He was 92 years old.

In a statement to News24, Percy’s family confirmed his death: "South African entertainment has lost an industry pioneer in Percival 'Percy' Tucker who passed away last night of Covid-related complications."

The Shoprite Group in a statement on Saturday said: "Computicket expresses its sincere condolences following news that its founder, Percy Tucker, passed away. His family, work colleagues and friends remain in our thoughts during this difficult time. 

"Percy Tucker established Computicket, at the time the world's first known computerised ticketing business, in 1971. He was closely involved until his retirement in 1994 and his legacy continues through the business."

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According to the website, he was born in Benoni and devoted his life to nurturing the live arts and entertainment in South Africa.

In 1971 he founded Computicket, the world's first fully operative computerised, centralised ticket-booking system, which changed the way entertainment tickets were marketed worldwide.

He officially retired in 1994 and went on to publish his autobiography/history of the South African theatre, Just the Ticket! Percy continued to be active in the entertainment industry as an advisor, lecturer, board member and researcher. The Shoprite Group acquired Computicket in 2005.

In November 2020 he lost his partner and companion of 50 years, Graham Dickason.

Singer Andre Schwartz posted a tribute to Percy on Twitter. He wrote: "Percy was a remarkable man and friend. He conceptualised and  founded Computicket. The world's first centralised ticket booking system. He remained actively involved in theatre. A true icon."


Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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