Grundy bows out after four decades at Hobart

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David Grundy spent 42 years at Hobart before his retirement.

This December, David Grundy, Hobart Equipment Division government and key accounts manager, will call time on a 42-year career at the catering equipment giant. 

Starting life at Hobart’s Nottingham branch as a catering specialist back in December 1977 – the year Star Wars first hit UK cinemas – Grundy quickly rose through the ranks, working in service, warewash and cooking divisions before eventually going on to become a highly respected Government sector specialist.

Described by well-wishers as “a larger than life character” and “an absolute gentleman of the industry”, Grundy said of his retirement: “For 42 years it’s been a way of life, but the time has come to call it a day. I want to pay tribute to everyone at Hobart and those that work in the industry I love – it’s the people I’ll miss most.”

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When asked about how he plans to spend his retirement, he added: “With family and friends; I’ve got a caravan in Torquay which is going to get more use, and I am keen to bring my golf handicap down to a more respectable number.”

Hobart Equipment Division MD David Riley paid tribute, saying: “Much like when his friend and fellow government business stalwart Roger Kellow left Hobart, David leaves incredibly big shoes to fill.

“His expertise, dedication and ability to forge lasting relationships has helped Hobart build a formidable public sector presence. Moreover, the industry is losing one of its biggest characters – it simply won’t be the same without him; we wish him well in his retirement.”

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. Grumps…….the end of an ERA.
    Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for all your support and advice during my Career
    Don’t be a stranger and take care !!

    Mark Kendall

  2. Hey Grumpy!!
    happy retirement you ole sod!! – seriously enjoy your retirement David great memories spent together over the years,xx

  3. David, all the best for your retirement. Make sure you make the most of it. LACA wont be the same without you!!

  4. Happy retirement Dave,
    many thanks for all your help and support over the last 28 years .
    It has been a pleasure working with you. Good luck buddy .
    Mike Brown . NRCE LTD.

  5. Was it really that long ago you were whizzing round annoying me during my time at your fathers company “Grundy Catering” in a Ford Granada (complete with velour upholstery)

    Wishing you a well deserved retirement Dave, a true gent and ambassador for Hobart.

    Steve Pilling
    ( Only had a bloody Mondeo at Grundy Catering)

  6. Dave/Grundy/Grumps
    Its been a pleasure these last 16 years, you’ll be sorely missed.
    Thanks for all your help, laughs and so many unforgettable Grundy moments over the years.

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