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Charles Wade dies aged 69

Charles Wade died peacefully at home aged 69, on 27 April, after a short illness faced with courage.

He ran the Wade Furniture Group for over 20 years, building it into one of Europe's premier upholstery and cabinet furniture manufacturing companies including Buoyant Upholstery, Wade Upholstery, Celebrity and Parker & Farr. He also owned retailers Multiyork, which he bought from administration, and Feather & Black.

Wade was active in the training arena including being chairman of WEBS Training.

A private funeral was held on 5 May and a memorial is planned for 28 June. He is survived by his wife Jemima, children Daniel and Natasha, son-in-law Jack, grandchildren Hugo and Matilda and mother Joan.

The family requested that donations, if desired, can be made to The Furniture Makers Company or Marie Curie care of, AW Lymn The Family Funeral Service, Robin Hood House, Robin Hood Street, Nottingham, NG3 1GF.

‘He was a very good friend and we worked closely together for 18 years, I was so lucky to be able to spend some time with him before he passed. I hope that his memorial can be a great tribute to a great man and my inspiration in the furniture industry. I will miss him forever,’ said Mike Aramayo, Buoyant Upholstery md.

‘Charles was an inspirational figure, he had a career within the industry spanning nearly 50 years and became one of its greatest industrialists. He will be greatly missed,’ said Jackie Bazeley, BFM md.

‘Charles will forever be known as an icon of the furniture industry, full of talent, inspiration, conversation and opinion. He will be greatly missed,’ said Ian Oscroft, Whitemeadow md.

‘Charles was a larger-than-life character who ran businesses in many different sectors of the furniture industry and who gave back to the industry in the way of training support and mentoring of individuals. Always good company, his passing has been a huge shock and he will be sadly missed,’ said Chris Fort, Sherborne Upholstery chairman.