Tributes have been paid to Brian Townsend, the former managing director and founder of commissioning specialist contractor End Systems, who died on Sunday, aged 84.
A statement from End Systems said: "Obviously true to form, Brian fought his short illness right up until the end and will be sorely missed not only by his family but by the many that know him in the industry and beyond.
"Having influenced so many lives through his work within the industry, his presidency of the HVCA, now BESA, his time as a judge with Crufts, and as a valued member and chairman of the Cavalier Club, we're sure there will be plenty of tributes and messages of condolence over the coming days, weeks and months.
"On Sunday we lost a titan of the industry, a beloved husband, father, grandad and great grandad. The loss is immeasurable.
BESA's tribute highlighted the fact that Brian was only the eighth person to be awarded its Distinguished Service Award for individuals “who have rendered extra-special service to the Association and its activities”.
He was president during the centenary year of what was then the HVCA in 2004. Having first been elected to council in 1992, he continued to serve until 2015.
He was chair of the membership committee and of the North West Region. Brian also served on the finance, audit and staff standing committees and was director of the training provider Building Engineering Services Training (BEST).
He founded End Systems, based in Leigh, Lancashire, in 1976 and the company continues to grow today under the directorship of his daughter, Kay. Brian was also chair of the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA).
“Brian was a champion of the industry and a true gentleman who will be sorely missed,” said current BESA president John Norfolk. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family at this very sad and difficult time.”