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Obituary: Michael Dandy

It is with great sadness that builders merchant Gibbs and Dandy has announced the death of former managing director Michael Dandy, aged 56.

Obituary: Michael Dandy

Michael was well known across the industry and will be sadly missed by his former friends and colleagues.

He joined the business full-time on October 1 1980 as company secretary after qualifying and practising as a solicitor and became a Director in 1984.

Following a spell as assistant managing director, he succeeded Ron Silvester to become managing director in 1986. An early challenge was the creation of a purpose-built branch and head office in Dallow Road, Luton, which involved closing a number of small local branches and consolidating them into a “One-Stop Trade Building Centre” on a seven acre site.

Michael understood that a company’s strength and longevity depends upon the quality and commitment of its people. He took a close personal interest in the development of the management team and played a very supportive role in the careers of a large number of staff at all levels.

In 2008 he and the Board of Directors negotiated the sale of the business to Saint-Gobain and Michael stayed on to oversee the integration process and retired from his full-time role to become a Non-Executive Director in November 2009.

Condolences go to Michael’s wife, Eithne, and the rest of his family at this difficult time. He will be sadly missed.

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