Industry mourns Brown & Newirth managing director

Chris Sanders was “a genuinely lovely guy and respected by all.”

The funeral of Brown & Newirth (B&N) managing director Chris Sanders takes place today, following his death from swine flu.

The industry veteran was struck down by swine flu at Christmas and died aged 64 years of age. His funeral will be held today in Chigwell, Essex.

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Colleagues of Sanders describe him as a fit and energetic man who went to the gym twice a week to swim 50 lengths and work out. British Jewellers’ Association vice-chairman Gary Williams called him as "a genuinely lovely guy and respected by all."

Sanders joined Brown & Newirth in 1970, starting out as a diamond miller. He became managing director in 1984.

Company of Master Jewellers chief executive Willie Hamilton said: "Chris Sanders was a quiet man, but he was a big noise in making the UK jewellery market the great industry it is today. His loss of life so prematurely not only robbed him of enjoying his forthcoming retirement with his family but it has been a great loss to us all, especially for his colleagues at Brown & Newirth and to B&N’s many retail customers, many of them CMJ members, who held him in high esteem."

Sanders’ family have asked that instead of sending flowers those wishing to pass on their condolences should instead donate money to his favourite charities RNLI, Whizz Kidz, Red Cross and Barnados. In a statement, his family said: “Because Chris was such a generous supporter of so many charities, we are sure he would rather the monies being spent go to more worthy causes.”

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