Alan had been ill for some time.
Alan co-founded Airedale Air Conditioning in 1974 with Peter Midgley, a fellow Yorkshireman. The business began in Batley, before moving to a new place just off the Leeds West Park Road in 1976. The premises became Airedale House.
The business flourished and the owners moved to Park Mills, Rawdon in 1979. The Duchess of Kent opened their new factory on the site in 1984.
Alan had a profound impact on the profile and professionalism of the air conditioning industry, chairing Eurovent and presiding over the UKs Heating, Ventilation & air Conditioning Association (HEVAC). To recognise his industry service and achievements, he received a OBE in 1997.
Airedale managing director, Clive Parkman, said:
“We are extremely sad at the passing of Alan. Clearly, he and Peter had tremendous vision in recognising the opportunities for specialised computer room cooling solutions, with comparable products still being sold today.
“We employ many individuals who have worked in the company since the early days and who will remember Alan for his passion for rugby and his ability to live life to the full. We send our deepest sympathies to the family at this very sad time.”
Condolences may be sent to John Whitham Funeral Services, 30 St Paul’s Rise, Addingham, West Yorkshire, LS29 0QD. Tel 01943 831375