TRIBUTES have been paid to the founder of an electronics firm, who employed hundreds of people and was still involved with the company weeks before he died.
John Moore 84, of Frinton, launched Pickering Electronics in 1968 to manufacture high quality components.
He grew up in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and always had a strong passion and drive to succeed. After two years’ national service in the RAF he had several electrical engineering jobs at companies including Marconi Instruments, De Havilland Aircraft and Knowles Electronics. Mr Moore had fond memories of his time at Knowles. After landing a new job at Astralux Dynamics in Brightlingsea, he moved to Great Bentley. That job did not work out so he started his own company and Pickering Electronics was launched.
Its UK factories in Clacton employ about 160 people, with two more factories in the Czech Republic and offices in countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
Mr Moore was incredibly proud of Pickering and all its employees, and was still involved in the company until the last few weeks of his life. He died last month after a short illness.
Company director Graham Dale said: “Pickering has been based in Clacton for around 45 years. In that time, John has seen many hundreds of employees pass through our doors, some staying with the company for 20, 30, or even 40 years. John always had a high regard for our staff, considering them to be our most valuable asset. In turn, he was held in high regard by so many and will be greatly missed.”
Pickering’s 49 year history will continue to be overseen by Mr Moore’s son Keith. He said: “My father built Pickering from nothing to employing over 300 people worldwide exporting 90 per cent overseas. I have every intention to continue this growth while keeping Pickering’s original values and employee-orientated behaviour”.
He leaves behind wife Rosemary, son Keith and five grandchildren, two of whom work at Pickering. His funeral takes place at Weeley Crematorium on 8th June at 12.30pm. Mourners are being urged to wear bright clothing in celebration of his life and achievements.
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