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Halewood International founder dies

Published:  17 October, 2011

John Halewood, founder of independent drinks distributor Halewood International, has died at the age of 64.

The Liverpool-based company confirmed that Halewood passed away on Saturday, October 15 at his Cheshire home.

Managing director Andy Smallman described Halewood as "the inspirational and entrepreneurial force behind the Halewood International group".

"At this time all our thoughts are with his family and friends to whom we have sent our heartfelt condolences. We would ask that the family's privacy be respected at this difficult time. I am sure that I speak for all of his colleagues when I say that John will be greatly missed," he said.

Smallman added: "The Halewood International Holdings Plc board will continue to ensure that this pioneering spirit and drive remains at the heart of the way we do business. On behalf of the board and staff, I would like to thank our customers and suppliers for their ongoing support."

Outside of the business Halewood's big passion was horse racing, culminating in his horse Amberleigh House trained by Ginger McCain, who had successfully trained Red Rum, winning the 2004 Aintree Grand National.