Essential reading for retailers and suppliers in the home improvement market

Obituary: Michael Cato

Published: 2 March 2018 - Fiona Garcia
 

Michael Cato, former managing director and chairman of the London hardware and housewares chain William Cato & Sons, died at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, on December 26, 2017. He was 84.

He ran the family firm with his cousins Tom and Richard Cato, and built it to a chain of 15 shops, mostly small high street units, with turnover peaking at close to £5m. In the late 1980s they developed a new and much larger Cato Homecentre format, targeting up-market ‘lifestyle’ shoppers, and then in late 1990 they sold the business to Robert Dyas.

“Michael loved listening to people,” said his widow Helen. “He seldom got through a day without making a new friend, and making other people happy. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a terrible disease, but he fought it with the same sense of purpose that he used to run his business, hit a cricket ball, or score a goal up until his 60s.”

The funeral was held at Chichester Crematorium on January 26, and Mrs Cato has set up a fund for the Emergency Floor at St Richard’s, where Mr Cato he spent his last few days.

“One of his family could stay with him overnight, and several visitors came throughout the day,” she said. “All of the caregivers there showed him and his visitors great respect. Their unstinting attention, professional and compassionate was a blessing both to Michael and to his very large family. That they were understaffed due to the Christmas holiday made no difference to their high standards. We want them to know that they made a very hard time so much easier for Michael and his family.”

Donations can be sent to Karen Fair, Matron, Emergency Floor, St Richard’s Hospital,
Chichester, PO19 6SE; or through justgiving.com/crowdfunding/helen-cato.

 

 

Comments


(Your email address will not be published)
Already Registered?
Sign In
Not Yet Registered?
Register
Printable View E-mail Bookmark
*

What do you think?


Are we seeing a rise in consumers interested in smart home security?



Latest reader comments

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Shaun Collorick
Cheltenham homebase has closing down signs outside, but not Gloucester homebase.... Yet!...

re: B&Q sales slide, as Screwfix decision to exit German market costs millions

B&Q bob
No surprises from us on the shopfloor management paralysed by fear of jobs and to weak to take chances so bumble around. Ranges boring, and ...

re: Further Homebase closures ahead

Miss l'a tesha gc Wilson
Please keep me updated regards all Store closures Thank you...

re: Graham Bell to head up B&Q as part of Kingfisher reshuffle

Peter Earl
I HOPE GRAHAM BELL THE NEW CEO OF B&Q GETS TO GRIPS OF THE COMPANY VERY SOON.MY WIFE WENT FROM SHADOXHURST TO GILLINGHAM TO GET SOME ...

re: Quick and easy wood treatment oil from Frogsuit

Helen
hi, I have some brand new teak garden furniture would the clear be suitable to keep the new look of the wood....

Most read stories