John Smith, the former chairman of Smith Brothers (Leicester) Ltd, has died at the age of 86.
He was the grandson of company founder Walter Smith and remained closely connected to the business, often walking to work.
In a company announcement his son Steven, the managing director of Smith Brothers Stores, said: "It is with extreme sadness that I must inform you that my father John Smith, passed away peacefully on 9th November at his home in Leicester. At the age of 86 he leaves behind his wife, Edna Smith, who he was married to for 61 years, and his four children.
"We make no secret of our family heritage and John Smith built on both Walter (founder) and Sydney’s (2nd generation) foundations, leaving the business in the strong position it finds itself in today. Although SBS remains unaffected on an operational level, John’s passing inevitably marks a sad day for Smith Brothers Stores.
"Myself, along with my brothers and sister, remain extremely proud of his achievements in all areas of his life. A great man will be sorely missed on both a personal and professional level.''
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FAO Edna Smith
Smith Brothers Stores
Unit V2 Winchester Avenue