The former owner of family-run H Hogarth Jewellers in Kendal, Alan Hogarth, has sadly passed away at the age of 90.
Hogarth, who was the second generation of his family to run the business, which is now in the hands of son Graeme Hogarth, left a career in accountancy and banking to look after the store after his father passed away and his mother’s health forced her to need to sell.
Not wanting to see the business leave the family, Hogarth trained extensively as a jeweller and goldsmith, and eventually took the reins.
Whilst jewellery was not his first passion, like many, Hogarth fell in love with the trade and gave it his all.
During his time in the jewellery industry Hogarth was active in the National Association of Goldsmiths. and helped launch jewellery buying group, the Company of Master Jewellers, serving as a director for 10 years and as chairman for four.
Hogarth was also an active member of community life, be it as president of Kendal Rotary Club or chairman of the Kendal Chamber of Trade.
The business owner remained involved with H Hogarth Jewellers for the rest of his life – albeit from his armchair in later years.
Son Graeme Hogarth says of his passing to local newspaper, The Mail: “The family appreciate the many condolences received, all of which had a little story or anecdote about Alan, but the vast majority agreed on one thing: Alan was a true gentleman and was highly respected, he will be sadly missed.”