Tributes have poured in for Steve Cheese, a valued member of Exoair DPL’s sales team, who passed away on August 14.
His managing director, Geoff Allum, was first among industry friends and colleagues to share his memories. “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,” he said.
News of Mr Cheese’s death was published on CateringInsight.com last week, and the industry has been quick to share their sympathy via this website.
“Steve used to visit my showroom in London. He was one of the few reps that could say he was ‘in the area’ and was truly welcomed . He would feed the meter if I paid for the coffees. We had long talks. Sorry to see you go mate. So early as well. Sincere condolences to Liz and family,” said Murat Nal.
“To hear of Steve’s passing is very sad at such a young age, God bless him and his family, my thoughts are with you all. Steve certainly made his mark in such a short time,” added Iain Munro.
A former colleague, Richard Ward, remembered Mr Cheese for his humour. “One of the few I stayed close to after we all moved onto new adventures,” he recalls. “Genuine sadness at his passing – gonna miss you Cheesey. Sincere condolences to Liz & the rest of the family.”
Bire Shrestha, has similar memories of his mischievous side. “I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Steve; a great colleague and a friend. I was usually the butt of his jokes…he had a great sense of humour.”
The catering equipment industry is unanimous in its verdict of a great character who will be sadly missed. “I have known Steve for a number of years, he was truly a larger than life character and enjoyed life to the full. The industry will miss his sense of humour and huge knowledge,” said Andy Mumford from Total Catering.
Paul Anderson, now at Gramm, remembers two decades of laughs. “I had the pleasure of knowing Steve (Cheesy, as he was affectionately known to all, from his days at Caravell…so that’s near on 20 years. We’d often banter in many exhibitions and events and his larger than life character was indeed infectious to say the least. I met up him with last year and was great to recall the old days , present and new. To hear about his saddened loss against this dreadful disease was a massive shock , and my dearest sincere thoughts go out to his family and friends.”
Glenn Roberts also spoke on behalf of Gram. “What terribly sad news, ‘Cheesy’ was a true character in every sense of the word. He was well loved and respected in the industry and I am sure will be sorely missed by all that crossed his path over the years. Condolences and best wishes go to his family and friends. Glenn and the team at Gram.”
While Sean O’Malley adds: “Many good memories with Steve, some great laughs. A good Friend. You’ll be missed.”