Family-run barware and kitchen equipment manufacturer, Mitchell & Cooper, has been left deeply saddened by the loss of Elliot Eastwood, one of the company’s longest serving employees.
Mr Eastwood tragically and suddenly passed away on Monday 25 January, leaving colleagues in shock at the Uckfield factory, where he had opened up and worked a shift as usual on the same day.
He was 46-years-old and leaves behind his loving partner Vanessa, who he met at Mitchell & Cooper.
Having worked at the business for 25 years, Mr Eastwood was a much-valued member of the family business – and always the first person to arrive and last to lock up.
He joined the company at the age of 21 as a junior technician and continued to evolve his skills, working hard to become a talented senior cell leader specialising in manufacturing the popular range of Bonzer benchtop can openers.
He lived a stone’s throw from the factory and if any alarms were to ever sound, he was always first on the scene with keys to make sure everyone was safe.
Company director, Kat Cooper, said: “Elliot was incredibly loyal and one of the hardest workers in the company and probably hand-built most of the Bonzer can openers out there in professional kitchens today.”
She described him as a true gent and said he would be sadly missed as a colleague and friend.
Co-director, Guy Cooper, added “We are all very much in shock and saddened by the news of Elliot’s passing. He was one of the most long-standing team members and his commitment, passion and care for the Bonzer product range shone through every day. We will always remember him singing along to the radio while working and he will be truly missed.”
The company said that Mr Eastwood loved music was a huge fan of Iron Maiden. He also had a passion for cooking and a quirky hobby of collecting traditional barber shaving brushes and razors sets.