Well-known UK catering equipment industry figure, Alan Rees, has sadly passed away.
Starting his career as a kitchen designer at Stotts of Oldham in 1959, he went on to become MD of Commercial Catering Equipment Co Ltd and was instrumental in the company’s subsequent buy out by Grand Met, where he was further entrusted to develop its Middle East operations.
He founded DataCater in 1985 and latterly Rees Associates in 1994, where he oversaw work at the Houses of Parliament, The Bank of England, Lords Cricket Ground, Twickenham Stadium, ICI, HMS Belfast, and Home House; as well as countless others over his 60-year career.
Rees Associates will be continued by his son, Mark Rees, who said: “Working until the end, this industry owes a debt of gratitude to my father’s service, with many of the industry’s leaders having started their careers working with him.”
The funeral service will he held on Friday 18 September at South West Middlesex Crematorium at 10:40 am. In these difficult times, the Rees family is requesting that flowers and messages of remembrance are sent via the links below as they cannot accommodate the numbers that wish to pay their respect in person.
The full service will be streamed online to allow those who cannot attend in person the opportunity to pay their respects.
To join the live stream, visit www.obitus.com and login with username Nejo5322 and a password of 893987.
The family is welcoming flowers, which can be selected and sent to Lodge Brothers in Shepperton here.
Donations in Alan’s memory can be made to Battersea Dogs and Cats home here under Alan’s name.