Jewellery boss dies following swine flu complications.
Charles Green managing director Richard Sutton has passed away following complications arising from swine flu and pneumonia.
Sutton, who was 58, was omitted to the Princess Royal Hospital intensive care unit on December 21 but later died on January 13. His family was with him at the hospital when he passed.
His son Oliver Sutton, who is sales director at Charles Green, has described him as a wonderful father and friend.
He added: “We began working together in 2007 which brought us even closer together. Professionally Richard had been the great unsung hero of Charles Green for many, many years, steering the company successfully through the highs and lows of the last 30 years. I shall miss him terribly as a colleague, a friend and a father."
Charles Green chairman Tom Green had worked with Sutton for more than 30 years and said that his loss will be deeply felt.
Green said: “Richard joined Charles Green from Bristol Street motors in the early 1980s in order to bring computers and technology to the jewellery trade. He also brought with him a wicked sense of humour and a great golf swing. Over the years he was central to all that Charles Green has become and I will miss him more than I can express in words."
Charles Green will continue to operate as normal under the stewardship of Green and Oliver Sutton.
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