Bill Hornell loses long battle with illness

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Bill Hornell sadly passed away last Friday at the age of 63.

Bill Hornell, the MD of HES (Scotland) sadly passed away last Friday in hospital, aged 63, following a long illness.

The larger than life character of the trade in Scotland had helmed the catering equipment and fabrication manufacturer, which has been trading since 1999 from a base in Denny near Falkirk.

Industry colleague, James Connolly, business development manager at Celltherm Coldrooms, paid tribute: “Bill was indeed a jovial character and will be sorely missed by his family, many friends and industry colleagues throughout the UK. He will be remembered fondly for his dulcet tones, his charity, kindness and infectious sense of humour. Bill was generous to a fault.”

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Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 emergency situation in Scotland at this time, the number of people allowed to gather at Bill’s memorial service, planned for Monday, 2 November at 10:45am in the Daldowie Crematorium in Glasgow, is limited to 20 people and is strictly reserved for his family and close friends only.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Lillian. She would like to thank the many people for their offers of condolence and support, and has confirmed that if Bill’s many industry colleagues and friends would like to gather (socially distanced) on the road outside the crematorium, they would be very welcome to pay their respects after the service.

Flowers at the crematorium are reserved for the family but mourners are invited to make a donation in lieu to the Brightest Star Charity, a charity which supports bereaved families who have suffered the tragic loss of a child.

Connolly added: “The Brightest Star charity was close to Bill’s heart and any donations would be a perfect tribute to his sad passing. May Bill rest in peace.”

Those who wish to donate can click here.

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