Meat industry legend Colin Stuart Cullimore passes away

Industry giant Colin Stuart Cullimore has passed away on 22 December following a long period of ill-health. 

Survived by his wife Kathy and son Jeremy, he was 84 years of age. 

Born 13 July 1931, Cullimore served tours in Cyprus and Canal Zone with the Royal Scots Fusiliers before joining butchers J H Dewhurst in 1965 as assistant general manager before becoming general manager in 1969. He eventually became managing director in 1973 until 1990. Part of the Vestey Group, at one stage, Dewhurst had over 1,300 sites across the country.

His public appointments included roles at the Meat & Livestock Commission, Meat Promotion Executive Retail Consortium, British Retailers Association, Industry and Parliament Trust, Queen Elizabeth Trust, Governors of College for Distributive Trades, Court of Governors London Institute, Committee for Commerce and Distribution of European Commission and Fiscalities Working Group.

He was also a vice-president at the Royal Smithfield Club and former Master of The Worshipful Company of Butchers. He also received a CBE, an officer-level Order of St John and a Deputy Lieutenant over the course of his illustrious career.

Former Meat Trades Journal editor Fred A’Court said: “Colin was one of the big beasts of the meat trade. He was a really active leader. I remember following him through the Dewhurst office, and papers would literally fly off the desks as he walked past, such was the force of his walk. His personality was a force too – forthright but fair. On a personal level he was charming and good company.”

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