An Airedale statement said: "During his career Peter will be remembered for his larger than life character by customers, Airedale staff and all that knew him. Well known, and revered throughout the region and industry, Peter was a real people person, approachable, warm, with an infectious sense of humour.
"Commercially astute, Peter, along with Alan, was the heartbeat of Airedale. When Airedale was acquired by US-based thermal management company Modine Manufacturing in 2005, Peter had led the business for over 30 years, and seen it grow into a major manufacturing company, contributing significantly to the local and national economy.''
Managing Director Tony Cole added: “We are tremendously sad at the passing of Peter. He will be remembered fondly by us all at Airedale. He, along with Alan, had a sizeable vision in recognising the opportunities for specialised computer room cooling, a market which still sees us prosper today.
“Many of our employees have worked in the company since the early days and benefited from Peter and Alan’s approach of investing in people. They, and I, will remember Peter fondly. We send our deepest sympathies to Peter’s family at this very sad time.”
Alan Duttine passed away in 2015
Details of Peter’s celebration of life will follow in due course via www.airedale.com