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Court Catering left saddened by death of highly-respected colleague

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Court Catering Equipment has expressed its “deepest regret” at the sad and unexpected passing of its long-serving contracts director Simon Gelber.

Mr Gelber, who had worked at Court for more than 30 years, passed away on New Year’s Day after suffering a heart attack during the Christmas period.

In a statement provided to Catering Insight by managing director, Andy Fitzwater, the London-based dealer said the 65-year-old would be sorely missed by all those that worked with him and knew him.

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It stated: “It is with the deepest regret, Court Catering Equipment announces the death of Simon Gelber.

“Following a massive heart attack on Christmas Eve, Simon was admitted to UCH, and then The Royal Brompton Hospital, where doctors fought hard to save his life. His battle ended at 15.30 on New Year’s Day when, after major organ failure, he was allowed to slip away peacefully.

“Simon joined Court Catering in 1988 as part of the sales and design team, leaving his previous role as catering manager at the Queen’s Club.

“Extremely well-respected within the industry, Simon’s wealth of practical experience together with his sharp and meticulous mind, brought accolades from clients, suppliers and peers alike.

“Simon will be sorely missed, not only by his close family, friends and colleagues, but by the industry at large. Our thoughts go to Simon’s partner Sue at this very sad time.”

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10 Comments

  1. I am saddened to hear this tragic news. Simon was a big part of Court’s success in recent years. A tough but fair negotiator, who would enjoy a chat about his love of cricket. A lovely man who will be missed

  2. This is very sad. Not only have we lost a friend and an industry stalwart, his family have lost him at the prime of his life..

  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of Simon Gelber. A respected stalwart from our industry. So sad to have passed so young. He will be surely missed by colleagues & friends alike.

  4. Very sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Court’s at this time. Another of our industry’s great characters has left us way too soon.

  5. Oh my goodness what an absolute shock. I am truly saddened by this news; what a great guy and an unfathomable loss to his family and colleagues. With sincere condolences, Kevin Jennings

  6. Very sad to hear the news. Simon always wore a smile and made time for everyone.
    Condolences to his family and friends.

  7. It’s unimaginable that I will not share Simon’s company at our traditional first day of the Lords test and I am completely shocked and saddened that another industry friend has departed well before the end of his innings. I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends as it has always been such a pleasure to pass the time and debate a plethora of subjects with the ‘dear boy’ over a decent glass of claret.

  8. Simon – a special person – with old fashioned straight business morals and loyalty
    Sad, shocking, will be missed but also fondly remembered

  9. What terrible and deeply shocking news… as others have very eloquently said, Simon was a terrific and hugely respected member of our extended ‘catering family’.
    He will be greatly missed by all of us. My thoughts are particularly with his family and his colleagues at Court Catering. A very, very sad loss to the industry and us all…

  10. So sorry to hear this sad news.Simon was such a professional sales person,insisting on attention to detail and always determined to succeed and deliver.
    My condolences to his family and colleagues at Court Catering.

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