Derek Statham, works and service manager at Leitz Tooling UK, passed away on 21st February after a short illness.
Derek was dedicated to a quality and service from which both Leitz Tooling UK and its customers benefited over his 38 years with the company. He was a major part of the Leitz UK expansion and smooth operation across the country and was highly respected by managers and employees alike.
Simon Liddell, Leitz Tooling UK managing director said: “Derek was a remarkable man. He was dedicated to the success of the company and, in particular, to the service side of the operations. He was held in high regard by senior management at our Head Office in Germany as well as the UK staff. Our UK-wide team gave Derek a standing ovation during his acceptance of his long service award at our sales conference in January – an emotional experience for all, especially Derek. Knowing him personally, he made a difference in the lives of many people, both here in the company, and in his private life.”
Brian Maddox, national sales manager for Leitz Tooling UK added, “I worked with Derek for nearly four decades and knew him not only as a great work colleague, but as a friend. He was passionate about everything he did, helping many of our staff develop into the valued members of our team we have today. He believed in them when many would not have. On personnel development, he was a truly inspiring person.”
Derek’s team is committed to build on the foundation he laid down and will continue to grow its success as a tribute to him.
Simon concluded, “Derek helped us develop a culture that we are proud of, and one that is unrivalled in the industry. He will be missed, and the workshop and offices seem empty without him. Our sincere sympathies go to his wife Yvette and their family on behalf of the whole company.”
Please contact Leitz’s Harlow office regarding condolences and charity donations in Derek’s name.