UK: Tony Woodcock, a well known and respected East Midlands refrigeration engineer, sadly passed away today (May 10), just two days short of his 72nd birthday.
Tony started his career at Jones Refrigeration on Daleside Road in Nottingham, and then joined RCL Refrigerator Contracts Ltd as service manager. RCL were acquired by Turner group who were then acquired by O’Gorman Hussman, where Tony was Leicester branch manager for many years. While at RCL he earned the nickname Cheesy as he was always smiling.
An influential figure, he had connections with air conditioning distributor Oceanair where his daughter Lisa Skinner and brother-in-law of Oceanair MD Tony Evanson both work.
Tony Evanson, who maintains that Tony Woodcock was the inspiration for him training to be a refrigeration engineer, said: “He was a very well known refrigeration engineer locally and I along with Gary Smith who also works here and many other refrigeration engineers locally will miss him greatly, as he was so well known.
“He was an exceptional engineer and a great manager a true leader of people. Those who worked for him including myself will remember his incredibly high standards in workmanship and his compassionate management style. Tony would never ask anyone to do anything he wouldn’t do himself.”