Steve Cheese sadly passed away on 14 August, aged just 49, after a battle with cancer for the last eight and half months.

He had spent his whole working life in the catering industry, starting at just 16 at Old Ford Catering Equipment in Bow, East London.

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He developed an outstanding reputation within the world of refrigeration working his way up from area manager to national sales manager at Caravell, where he had the most enjoyable 8 years, and where so many of his work colleagues became true lifetime friends.

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While here he participated in taking customers to the Monaco Grand Prix 2 years in succession, an experience he truly treasured.

In March 2010, his thirst for knowledge and self-improvement provided an opportunity to make a slight change and enter the market of kitchen ventilation, where he became a consistently successful member of Exoair DPL’s sales team.

His infectious ‘larger than life’ character and razor sharp wit made it easier when the sales team were stranded at Munich airport for 5 days just before Christmas!

Steve then joined Britannia for a short time, where his knowledge was put to good use, before he went back to Exoair DPL where he was a well-respected and an essential member of the team, re-joining some ex-colleagues from his Halton days.

Exoair DPL’s MD, Geoff Allum, paid tribute to Steve: “He thrived on the technical aspect of his roles in his ventilation career, and drew great pride and satisfaction from working on projects such as A.E.L.T.C. Wimbledon, Tottenham Hotspur, Royal Albert Hall along with many prestigious restaurant chains.

“He regarded himself lucky to be able to do a job that he enjoyed and have a laugh along the way, and for this reason many customers and work colleagues became his good friends.

“We will miss him greatly. Rest in peace.”

Steve’s funeral will be held at: Crown Hill Crematorium Dansteed Way, Crownhill, Milton Keynes MK8 0AH at 11:30 on Wednesday 31 August 2016.