Richard Ian Carr, MIH, general manager of The Inn at Woburn, Bedfordshire, has died suddenly, aged 53.
Carr, who started his career at the Dorchester in the late 1970s as assistant food and beverage manager, passed away on Tuesday 28 December.
He took his first general manager role in 1988 at Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno, followed by Hunstrete House near Bath in 1995 and Hazelwood Castle in the late 1990s.
He was appointed general manager of the Bedford Arms Hotel, Woburn in 1999, following its acquisition by The Bedford Estates. After intensive refurbishment the hotel was re-launched as The Inn at Woburn in 2002, where it has flourished under his leadership and become an integral part of the Woburn Abbey estate's businesses.
He leaves his wife Alison and their two children, Sarah and David.
Carr's funeral service will be held on 21 January, 12.30pm at St Mary's Church, Woburn, followed by a wake at the Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey.
By Neil Gerrard
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