Sadly, Doug Thewlis, one of the founders of Redditch-based distributor Aggora, passed away last week when his 2-year battle against cancer came to an end.
Doug had been fighting cancer for quite some time and had received the all clear twice, but unfortunately the disease returned for a third time.
Fellow Aggora founder and MD, Simon Pointon, said: “Doug has known for a few months that his time may be up, but rather than looking for sympathy, he carried on as normal, which sums up the legend that played a big part in building Aggora to the successful business it is today.”
Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment acquired the company at the end of 2017, by which time turnover had reached a considerable £27m.
Aggora was Doug’s second business, having built and sold a company in South Africa before he returned to the UK.
Simon commented: “Successfully setting up and operating companies on two different occasions in two countries reinforces what an amazing drive he had.
“Doug’s name and reputation will outlive us all at Aggora. He has been described as an absolute legend by so many customers and suppliers, who feel lucky to have known him, and they are shocked and saddened by the news”
Simon paid tribute to his business partner, detailing: “Out of work, Doug was a big softie with a good heart, and would do anything for his family, especially his grandchildren. He has touched so many lives and will be dearly missed.
“Our deepest condolences and thoughts are now with his family. RIP Doug and thanks for everything you did for all of us.”
Doug’s funeral will be held at Tynemouth Crematorium at 1.30pm on Thursday 28 November. The wake will then take place at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.