Adam Cattermole tragically loses cancer battle

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Adam Cattermole tragically passed away last week after a 9-month cancer battle.

Adam Cattermole, MD of Derbyshire-based catering equipment repair firm Cattermole Group, has tragically lost his battle with bowel cancer.

He passed away last week at the age of just 37 after the disease spread to his lungs and abdomen, and subsequently he suffered kidney failure. Adam is survived by his wife Emma and three young children, Harry, Jacob and Rosie.

Adam was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage 4 bowel cancer last August. The Cattermoles were advised that the prognosis was terminal, but they were told about a drug that could prolong Adam’s life that was no longer available on the NHS because it was too expensive. They created a fundraising campaign and ended up raising £62,000 towards treatment.

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On the GoFundMe page, Emma sadly posted on 27 May: “Adam passed away this morning.

“I will miss him for every hour, minute and second of the rest of my life. He was so kind and thoughtful, generous and loving.

“Now begins the impossible task of living our lives without him.”

Adam was chronicling his 9 month cancer fight on both a blog and his Twitter account. One of his last tweets on 20 May reads: “Well just a quick chat with my oncologist. Says BRAF [gene] mutant usually progresses quite rapidly once the chemo stops working. So they gave me a prediction. 2/3 months. Scary times.”

One of Adam’s industry colleagues, Riccardo Scuotto, export MD of warewasher manufacturer Krupps, paid tribute: “My heart is breaking. He was a great man, a business friend and a gentlemen with fantastic manners. RIP.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Adam was not just a customer but a really good friend and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.
    I also met his wife in January at his house and they were a beautiful couple who were devoted to each other.
    I have been in constant contact with Adam and was totally heart broken when I saw that he had lost the battle.

  2. How very sad I had read alot about him recently he was fighting back deepest condolences to his family at the very sad time.

  3. I didn’t know Adam personally, but extremely sad news especially for his young family.
    Please accept condolences from the whole team at CK Direct


  4. We are so saddened to hear this news. May his family be comforted by the outpouring of love and support surrounding them.

  5. Such sad news. RIP Adam. My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

  6. Very sad to hear the news that Adam has lost his fight with Cancer. Though I did not personally know Adam my heart goes out to his familly at this time.
    Unfortunately I know from personal experience that these days are the worst that anyone can even try to imagine.

  7. Such sad news and so young, didn’t know him personally but always sad to lose someone from the industry. My deepest sympathies to his family..

  8. Adam was a warrior and was a very personable operator . He genuinely had time for everyone . I once listened to him give some incredible advice that would mean he would not earn any money in the short term . His first thought was customer service . He was a true gent and I will miss having a good chat with him . RIP Adam and I give my condolences to his fantastic family esp Emma . Life is too unfair at times…

  9. Sad news indeed. I worked with Adam on a number of schemes and found his enthusiasm for catering equipment contagious. Thoughts are to Emma and his family!! The charity For Adam has been amazing and driven by them all.

  10. It’s always awful to hear of someone dyeing from this awful disease but to know that Adam was so young leaving a lovely young family behind makes it even worse. I had met Adam on a few occasions and every time he was a genuine and thoughtful man. I will be sorry not to have dealings with him any further.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

    Ian Tyler. MD Midshires Catering Equipment – Loughborough.

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