Former CKE Service MD tragically passes away

Tudor Williams crop
Tudor Williams had been in the catering equipment industry since 1969.

Tudor Williams, ex-MD of Thames Ditton-based dealer CKE Service, has sadly passed away. He died peacefully at home on 3 July.

He first entered the kitchen equipment industry after leaving the army in 1969, becoming a recognised expert in the design and fitting out of kitchen and food delivery systems for educational establishments and corporate dining rooms.

Incorporating CKE Service in 1985, Tudor took on projects such as a complete refurbishment of Kent boarding school Farringtons School in 2014.

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In May 2015 he voluntarily liquidated the dealership, which was finally dissolved in July 2016.

He was still listed as a director of Thames Ditton-based CKE Contracts Limited, which was a dormant company until 2015. Tudor’s wife Ane remains a director of the company.

Tudor was previously a keen rugby player, joining Harlequins in 1964 while still at Sandhurst, where he signed up to the Army after leaving Rydal School. He served in the UK, Hong Kong, Aden and Botswana.

During his military service, he played rugby for the Army and also played for Combined Services against Australia in 1966, leading his regimental team to victory in the Army Challenge Cup in 1968/69.

He was captain of the Wanderers (Harlequins’ then second XV) in 1970-71 and continued thereafter to play in A XVs. Tudor also played for the Harlequin Gentlemen and was manager of a number of their tours.

A ‘Celebration of Life Service’ for Tudor will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Cobham on 31 July 2018 at 3pm. Tudor’s family have requested only family flowers. If desired, donations may be made to The Princess Alice Hospice, Esher or the Institute for Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapy through funeral directors Lodge Brothers, Cobham, via the donations page on its website.

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Sad news indeed. I have lots of happy memories of Tudor many of which involved copious amounts of alcohol!
    He was a very knowledgeable and honourable man to do business with as well as great fun to be around.

  2. The phrase ‘A true gentleman’ was made for Tudor. Impossible to remember him without a smile forming on your face. He made business a pleasure. He will be sadly missed by many people.

  3. An industry giant that will be surely missed. Tudor was responsible for many great projects that many of us have all shared the spoils over many great years. RIP Tudor !

  4. Can only echo the thoughts of others.
    A gent to the core and ex Sandhurst, ex Quins…. what a combination.
    Add that to his 6′ plus height, natural charm and genuinely engaging character and you have a man that was liked by all with whom he came into contact.
    A lovely guy.
    My goodness, we did have a few lunches together in Thames Ditton, back in the day. It was always bright and clear when we entered the pub but somehow it was evening when we left.
    Truly happy days.
    I will be out of the country at the end of the month but will raise a glass my old friend.

  5. I only had the pleasure of working with Tudor on a couple of occasions, his knowledge of the industry was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed his company at social events.

  6. So sad to hear this news, a prominent character in the last 20 years of my career and longer in others I know. Always in good humour (even when ‘challenges’ faced us), a true gentleman and an absolute pleasure to work with. The industry has lost a star.

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