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Death of C&C founder announced

01 February 2019

John Kitchin, founder of C&C Group, passed away last Sunday, the company announced and used the occasion to mark his many achievements in a 60-year career.

After completing RAF National Service, Mr Kitchin first worked in hotels and hospitals as a catering manager, including the Imperial Hotel Llandudno, the Deauville Hotel in Normandy, Heaton Park in Manchester, St George’s Hospital in Barking and Christchurch Hospital in Hampshire, before moving to Chester in 1960.

He became group catering manager for the Chester & District Hospitals including the old Deva Hospital, the Chester Royal Infirmary, City Hospital, Barrowmore, Crossley and Ellesmere Port in 1960.

After 21 years’ service of Chester hospitals he left the NHS and started C&C Catering Equipment Limited.

It was a risk, but Mr Kitchin saw the opportunity and decided to strike out on his own.

Having been an important part of the catering equipment industry, with a career that included being the national chairman of HCA (1972-1974) and appearing on the front cover of Caterer & Housekeeper (now The Caterer), he was delighted to receive the Past National Chair medal from the HCA in 2016.

Having handed over the management of C&C Catering Equipment to his son Peter in 1996, Mr Kitchin continued to play an active role in the business and was proud to see the company grow from its original location to the group of successful businesses it is today.

Always a strong family business the company now includes his grandchildren Matthew and Jessica alongside a team of over 40 dedicated staff, many with more than 30 years' service.

Tributes have been widespread from across the industry and all have consistently praised Mr Kitchin's warmth, professionalism and willingness to help.

Ceda director general, Adam Mason paid tribute: “John was a great man and leaves an incredible legacy; a family and business that he must have been so wonderfully proud of.

"On behalf of all at ceda, Mr Kitchin will always be remembered with warmth, smiles, fondness and gratitude for what he gave to the association and the industry.”

Mr Kitchin is survived by his wife of 63 years Enid, together with children Peter, Linda and David, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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