Friday, April 01, 2011

Remembering Eddie Junior

Just heard via the BBC World Service in Canada about the sad and untimely death of hauling and trucking legend Eddie Stobart who passed away yesterday of heart complications. At 56 years young, Eddie had achieved iconic status in the UK.

Oilholic believes if any Brit is asked to name a haulage company – there’s 9:1 chance that man, woman or child would say Eddie Stobart; that unmistakable name flashing at us from a green background off the side of a truck zipping past.

For 30 years, Eddie helped to build his dad – Edward senior’s company into the UK largest independent haulage company, retiring from his post at the helm in 2004. By this time, the firm had achieved iconic status – so much so that it had sparked a booming accessories and kids’ model toy trade. I confess to being a proud owner of a miniature Eddie Stobart truck which I refuse to let go at any price.

In a statement issued by the Stobart Group, it said: "With great sadness and regret that Stobart Group shares the news that Edward Stobart, 56, son of Eddie Stobart, passed away at 8.10am this morning [Thursday, March 31st, 2011] at University Hospital Coventry, after heart problems yesterday. Our thoughts are with Edward's wife Mandy, his children and family at this difficult time."

Rest in peace Eddie, you will be missed Sir.

© Gaurav Sharma 2011. Photo: Eddie Stobart truck © Stobart Group, UK

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