HRP has announced the death of its chairman Kingsley Curtis after a long battle with cancer.
Mr Curtis became managing director of the business in 1964 following the death of his father, who had founded the company in 1945.
Under Mr Curtis’ leadership it became a major wholesaler and distribution partner of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
He had trained in engineering and sales and took a keen interest in all aspects of the company’s development.
His most recent exercise was a tour of the HRP nationwide chain of services centres to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary.
Managing director Mandy Pilgrim said: “HRP has always been a family company, much noted for its long serving employees.
“Kingsley has touched a great many lives in his long career and his loss will be deeply felt by many, both in HRP and the wider industry.”
Confidence in the management team and staff has been expressed by the shareholders in continuing to develop the company’s long term future.
Beijer Ref (the largest shareholder outside of the Curtis family) chief executive officer Beijer Ref, said “Kingsley has built a sound and exciting business.
“We look forward to further development of HRP and stand behind the management at this sad time.”