Lakes Bathrooms founder and chairman Robin Craddock passed away on November 24, aged 51, after a short battle against cancer.
He was a greatly respected figure in the industry and will be remembered for his ‘larger than life’ personality and sense of humour.
Craddock launched Lakes Bathrooms 30 years ago alongside his father Alan.
Apart from his passion for his family and the business that he built, he also had a love of horse racing. As a racehorse owner, he met the Queen after a win at Royal Ascot in 2013. He spoke of it as one of the highlights of his life, but spoke more often of his love for his family – wife Julia and his three children Grace, Connie and Elliott.
Craddock’s funeral will be held on December 15 at 12:30pm, at All Saints Church in Cheltenham.
His family have asked that any tributes be made by way of donation to Sue Ryder, the hospice that cared for him at the end of his life, or to Cancer Research.
Lakes Bathrooms will be donating a bed to the hospice in honour and memory of him.
Speaking on behalf of the staff at Lakes Bathrooms, managing director Bev Brown said: “There are no words to convey the immense void that he will leave in our hearts and lives. He was an inspirational leader, with great vision, always looking to innovate and lead the company forward – a true trailblazer that the industry will never replace, nor match. He was one of a kind and his Lakes family will miss him always. We all have so many wonderful memories of him. We will work tirelessly to honour his legacy as we continue to grow the business in the way he always did. Our thoughts and love are with his family now.”