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Obituary: Footprint chairman John James Jewitt

Published: 11 May 2011
Footprint Sheffield chairman John James (Jack) Jewitt has died, aged 87.
Obituary: Footprint chairman John James Jewitt
Mr Jewitt spent 20 years as managing director of the family-run business, formerly known as Footprint Tools, and now run by his son Christopher.

However, he never really retired from the business and it was only ill health that prevented from coming into work regularly over the past three years.

After leaving Firth Park Grammar School Mr Jewitt joined his father at family-owned wood working tool manufacturer Alfred Ridge. That firm was then acquired by the Jewitt family in 1932, and 16 years later, the family went on to acquire Footprint Tools, now known as Footprint Sheffield.

Footprint, a well-established brand founded in 1875, expanded the group's range to include plumbers, builders and engineers' tools. Mr Jewitt became md of the company in the late 1960s and was instrumental in building up the company's forging capacity, as well as expanding sales in North America.

He was awarded the OBE for services to export and served as president of the Federation of British Hand Tool Manufacturers and president of its European counterpart, the CEO.

Mr Jewitt leaves his wife Dorothy, children Christopher, Claire and Marc and stepchildren Patrick, Elizabeth and Christopher.

His funeral took place on Monday, May 9, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hathersage.


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