Chris was one of our own. An invaluable BSF Council Member for almost 14 years, serving with distinction as secretary for 13 of those years. His passing sent a shock wave through the industry and the BSF website was inundated with messages of condolence.
Dave was a true Cockney, born in Whitechapel. He went to work for W J Bush in Ash Grove Hackney (later Bush Boake and Allen) in 1966 as a lowly Mineral Water Dept. Assistant but soon became actively involved in Flavour creation, working on customer projects.
He left BBA in 1970 and went to work at White Stevenson in London and it was about this time he joined the BSF as an Associate member. In 1976 Dave went to work for Bulmer’s in Hereford - he moved into sales because you got a car! but was soon to leave Bulmers and return to White Stevenson in Bletchley in 1978. It was during this time he became interested in Morris dancing and folk scene around MK, as well as sailing.
John Landau was born in Clapham, south London. He went to Battersea Grammar School, but despite being thought of as ‘university material’, he left school after taking his ‘A’ levels tempted by the big firms’ ‘milk round’. In his case the firm was HJ Heinz & Co. in Harlesden, west London, and it was a good choice. Heinz was sometimes called ‘Heinz University’ by the wags, for the encouragement and support that it gave to staff wanting to take further academic studies. Thus John took HNDs and later a BSc in Botany with Chemistry ancillary, part-time at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster).
John Gracey died 29th February this year aged 83. He will be remembered by a number of us who can date their association with the flavour Industry back to the late seventies when he held senior management positions at White Stevenson Ltd (MD, 1977 - 9, Reigate and Bletchley factories) and later at Barnett & Foster Ltd, Wellingborough (Deputy MD and Marketing and Technical Director, 1980 - 1989).