Colleagues mourn Aggora founder Doug Thewlis

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Aggora’s Doug Thewlis, seen here at his first ‘M&S Food To Go’ and laughing as: “He wanted to be the first customer through the till,” according to fellow MD, Simon Pointon.

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.”

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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.

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Really sad to read this! Doug was always a nightmare and pleasure to deal with in equal measure! We didnt see each other regularly, but I was always treated like a long lost son when we did.

    Thoughts with his family and ex colleagues at Aggora,

    RIP Doug

  2. Very sad news what a character, being with Doug was always an experience remembered, the photo Simon posted is as I remember Doug. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Doug a few times on Woolworths projects in my early years of being in the industry. What a nice guy he was. RIP Doug, you will be missed by many.

  4. So sorry to hear the sad news about Doug! What a character, he spoke his mind and you always knew where you stood with him. A great guy that will be missed in the industry. Nice words Simon!!

  5. So sad to hear of Dougs passing, Doug was a great man, highly respected, with all who knew him. I personally had the pleasure of working for him, he was a kind generous person with a great big heart, RIP D oug you will be sadly missed. Condolences to all the family at this sad time

  6. Wow Doug … Only spoke to you a couple of weeks ago ,…chasing new business !! You will be missed and remembered by everyone that you dealt with at CareUK … I was another one you spoke to like a son rather than a customer …Condolences to the family and all who were blessed to have met Doug .

  7. So sorry to hear the sad news, I met Doug on a few occasions whilst working for Medirest and he was an absolute gentleman and a pleasure..
    Thoughts and Prayers with his family..
    R.I.P Doug Thewlis ❤️

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