Industry mourns the loss of another of the pioneers who helped shaped the development of the modern refrigeration business
The Board of HRP has announced the death of Kingsley Curtis, the wholesaler’s chairman, on September 3rd, after a long battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his wife, Yvonne, and their family.
After training in engineering and sales, Mr Curtis became Managing Director of HRP in 1964 on the death of his father who had set up the business in 1945. He built HRP into one of the UK’s leading wholesalers of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and the first-choice distribution partner of world-leading manufacturers.
Group Managing Director, Mandy Pilgrim summed up his influence: “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.”
Mr Curtis had always been closely involved and took a keen interest in all aspects of the wholesaler’s development,recently undertaking a tour of HRP’s nationwide chain of Service Centres to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary.
In the wake of the loss of Mr Curtis, HRP’s shareholders said they have every confidence that the management team and staff will continue to develop HRP’s long term future. Per Bertland, CEO of Beijer Ref, the largest shareholder outside of the Curtis family, 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.”