Lakes Catering Maintenance pays tribute to Leigh Howard

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Lakes Catering Maintenance’s MD, Leigh Howard, sadly passed away last weekend.

Lakes Catering Maintenance’s MD, Leigh Howard, sadly passed away last weekend.

He had been a director of the firm since 2011 and in 2016 stepped up to buyout the previous owner and lead the Cumbria-based distributor to further success, including winning the Catering Insight Service & Maintenance Provider of the Year Award 2017.

Leigh started in the foodservice equipment industry as a field service engineer in 1993, and over the years had stints at Mollett Catering Equipment, Hayton Howard Catering Engineers and CEM Catering Equipment.

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The Lakes Catering Maintenance team paid tribute to him, stating: “Leigh will be fondly remembered for being a gentle and conscientious character, diligent and thorough with a keen eye for detail in all aspects of his life and work.

“Dependable and loyal, Leigh would ‘move mountains’ for those who needed his help and we already miss him dearly.”

However, they emphasised: “Whilst Leigh’s passing has left an unimaginable hole in our hearts, please be assured that in terms of business operations and continuity, the team here at LCM are working tirelessly to ensure normal operations continue with minimal disruption, however if you have any concerns during this time please get in touch with us.

“Finally, we thank you for all the messages of support and kind words received about Leigh.”

Lakes’ operations manager, Sal Martin, has requested that those wishing to pass on their condolences should contact her outside working hours, due to a high workload.

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Clare Nicholls

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  1. One of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet- a great loss of a good friend . My sincere condolences to his wife, family & all at LCM

  2. Wow, what can one say. Leigh was such a nice, dependable, loyal and caring person who looked after his staff and customers when the going got tough. RIP Leigh

    1. Such a tragic loss! In an industry where manners often take a back seat, Leigh was one of the most considerate, polite, warm, and welcoming people you’d have the pleasure to meet. Always considerate, to his clients, his colleagues, and his suppliers. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends, and of course the team at LCM at this difficult time. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Leigh.

  3. Shocked and sadden to hear the sad news – Leigh was a joy to work with and had built an amazing business – one of the industries lovely people and will be missed. Sending condolences to all Leighs family and all at LCM…

  4. Huge loss, Leigh was such a lovely person to work with and great fun to see at events. Condolences to his family and LCM colleagues.

  5. Such a massive shock and so sad to lose such a great guy. Our hearts go out to his colleagues and family. It genuinely hurts to lose someone who you always really enjoyed working with.
    Leigh will be greatly missed by all who know him.

  6. I agree what a nice guy , although we where competitors I had a huge level of respect for Lee and his level of professionalism we had met on a number of occasions and would willingly share information and the challenges business presents. My thoughts go out to his family and all at L.C.M.

    Graham ( Catering Partnership)

  7. Shocked and saddened by such awful news. One of our industries truly good guys. Always a pleasure to work with, and always made time for a chat and coffee whenever I was passing.

    Thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues.

    RIP Leigh, you will be greatly missed

  8. It’s already been said but it’s true, one of the nicest guys you could ever wish to meet. My heart goes out to his wife, his boys, Sally and all the guys at Lakes catering. A terrible loss, RIP Leigh.

  9. I am lost for words Leigh was a fantastic person to be around and a great ambassador for the industry as a whole. My sincere condolences to Leigh’s family, friends and all colleagues at LCM.

    It was a great pleasure being in your company and you will be sadly missed

  10. So shocked to hear this sad news. Leigh was such a nice guy, who always took the time out to have a chat with you, whether it was at an award ceremony or at an exhibition. My thoughts are with his family and co-workers. . Rest in Peace. Leigh

  11. What very sad news. It was a pleasure to work with Leigh on numerous projects. A true gent. My sincere condolences to his family, and all at Lakes Catering Services. ?

  12. Such a shock. Leigh was such a lovely guy and a real gentleman. Condolences to the LCM team and Leigh’s family, our thoughts are with you all at this terribly sad time.

  13. What terrible sad news. Such a lovely chap. Thoughts and prayers with the Lakes team and Leighs family.

  14. Caren & all at FES,
    We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Leigh’s passing. Our thoughts go out to his family and the LCM team.

  15. So sad, worked with Leigh many times and I’ll never forget him, kind and generous and always happy to see you. RIP Leigh

  16. Such sad news, Our thoughts go out to to his family and work colleagues, Microwave Oven Service Ltd.

  17. Leigh was one of the nice guys, a fantastic ambassador for the industry.
    My thoughts are with his family and the team at LCM.

  18. It’s been an absolute privilege to have known Leigh who was also my best friend for the whole time I worked with him. Everyone loved him, he was the best and we will sorely miss him for a considerable time to come. Our hearts go out to all who knew him and especially his family with whom I shall remain close to and always be there for them. I will battle on, do my upmost to keep LCM strong for all. We have a great team thanks to Leigh. RIP mate. Love you x

  19. Such sad sad news, a really nice and helpful guy Rip

  20. Shocked at the news. Thoughts are with his family and everyone close to him. Enjoyed our training sessions together and will miss the phone calls.

  21. Simply one of if not the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with, we’ve been fortunate to work with the LCM team on lots projects over the years, he built a great team with an industry leading attitude.

    I’m almost beyond words and it’s truly stopped me in my tracks this week, he was extremely well thought of by everyone who knew him, his only fault was he spelt his name wrong, I will genuinely miss this guy and my thoughts and heart go out to his family and everyone that was lucky enough to know him.

    Rest Easy

  22. Shocked and saddened to hear this news, Leigh was a Great guy and will be sadly missed

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