Tributes to captain of industry

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A NATIONALLY renowned businessman who was awarded an OBE in 1999 for his services to industry and community in Derbyshire has died at the age of 64.

Philip Robinson died peacefully at his home in Two Dales after years suffering from the degenerative disorder, multiple system atrophy.

Mr Robinson, whose ancestor’s founded the Chesterfield-based packaging firm, Robinson, worked as the company’s chief executive until his retirement due to ill health in 2003, having first joined the family business in 1970.

As well as fronting the iconic employer, Mr Robinson was President of Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce from 1992 - 1994, Chairman of TEC, Chairman of Chart 99 and was made a Companion of the Institute of Management in 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Robinson, his children Louise Goode, Sarah Gould and Tom Robinson and five grand children.

“He was such a loving family man” said his daughter, Louise. “He was wonderful and he loved sailing, walking, bird watching and caravanning. He just loved to be outdoors.”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber and its staff were extremely saddened to learn of the death of its former President, Philip Robinson.

“He was instrumental in helping to establish and launch Business Link North Derbyshire, which later became Business Link Derbyshire and then Derbyshire Chamber & Business Link, which has provided invaluable help and support to hundreds of local businesses of all sizes.

“On behalf of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend our thoughts and sympathies to Philip’s family at this time of sadness.”

The funeral will be held this Monday 21 at St John’s Church, Walton at 12.30pm. The family have asked for no flowers but instead donations to local charity Helen’s Trust and the MSA trust which can be made through Hattersley & Sons by calling 01246 232820.