Graham Sibthorp, managing partner at education catering specialist the Brookwood Partnership, has died.
His fellow partners at the firm, Kate Martin and Sue Parfett, announced this morning that Sibthorp passed away suddenly at his home, during the late hours of Thursday 28 November. He was 60 years old.
Sibthorp, who founded the Brookwood Partnership with Martin and Parfett in 1996, was well-regarded in the foodservice industry, which he worked in for most of his working life.
His colleagues described him as the ultimate English gentleman, generous and kind with a wry sense of humour, which anyone who knew him will always remember.
"Graham will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues. Our thoughts at this sad time are very much with his family, especially his wife Melanie and daughters, Imogen and Chloe," the company said in a statement.