Bathroom franchise Ripples has announced the death of Colin Payne, the owner of its Tunbridge Wells showroom.
He died suddenly aged 54.
Payne opened his Ripples showroom in 2007, following a successful period as general manager of a builders’ merchant, and would have celebrated 10 years as a franchisee next year.
A keen sportsman, in 2015 Payne joined the team at Ripples to cycle from London to Paris, raising almost £15,000 for the Sanitation First charity.
A spokesperson for Ripples said: “It is with great sadness that we let you know that Ripples are mourning the death of a franchisee and friend Colin Payne.
“Colin was loved by everyone at Ripples. Our thoughts are with his family at this deeply sad time.”