We are so very sad to announce the death of our amazing colleague and friend Bryan.
He had been living with cancer for the last two years and faced the illness with dignity and resilience – in fact, he was totally inspirational throughout.
His humility and courage were a lesson for us all, and he continued to run Park Runs, 5k, 10k and half marathons with many of his friends to raise money to help the fight against cancer – all while going through treatment himself.
Here, fellow director Martin Pitchford pays tribute:
“Bryan worked for Henshalls for over 25 years, beginning his career with us as our office manager at Oakengates, and after a spell working for another company, he was persuaded to come back and work with our rapidly expanding commercial team.
“Tony Conlon, Mark Freeman, Bryan and myself were great pals and we made the brave decision to complete a management buyout together in around 1999.
“We had some incredible times together, in and out of the office – five-a-side football, office treasure hunts, on the golf course and office social trips, with some quite legendary Christmas parties, and Henshalls golf tours where Bryan was usually the centre of attention for his very sociable ways!
“He really was everyone’s favourite director – so caring, so approachable, and just such a lovely man.
“The news of Bryan’s death was devastating, and the outpouring of grief and deep sorrow was something I had never previously witnessed when we told colleagues – that truly was a measure of the man.
“He was loved and cherished by all of us, and we feel incredibly proud to have had him in our lives as a colleague and friend. We will never forget all the fantastic memories we share of a quite incredible and remarkable man – he will always be remembered and never forgotten.”