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Obituary: Colin May

Published: 6 May 2014
Industry stalwart Colin May, known for roles at A.B. Salmens, LFA Drill Chucks and Alan Hughes Distributors, loses battle with cancer and passes away, aged 69.
After a long fight with cancer, Mr May passed away on Monday, April 14, aged 69.

Many will mourn the passing of Mr May, who was a widely-known and well-respected figure in the hardware and tools trade. For some years he was a member of the sales force at national wholesaler Johnson Gibbons but it was, undoubtedly, as sales director of A.B. Salmens that many will remember him and is where he made his mark.

From 1992, Mr May continued to strengthen his standing and reputation as a sales agent in southern England, working with a number of manufacturers and importers, including Alan Hughes Distributors. In 1998 he set up the UK depot for LFA Drill Chucks.

"Colin's trademark was his integrity and reputation for straight dealing. Many of his customers and trade associates vividly remember how this was coupled with his sharp wit and a dry sense of humour - a feature from which the writer of this obituary was not immune!

A moving service for Colin took place at Chichester Crematorium on April 29l. It was led by his family and attended by a large number of friends, including a group of his long-standing trade colleagues who had travelled from various parts of the country.

"Colin will be sorely missed amongst those who knew him in the trade. He leaves behind his wife Elizabeth, two sons and two grandchildren."

Obituary supplied by Alan Hughes.

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