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Obituary: Footwear industry veteran Peter Reed

Footwear industry veteran and former sales director at shoe brand Crockett & Jones, Peter Reed, died on 3 May at the age of 71, after suffering from cancer.

Following in his father’s footsteps, he spent more than 50 years in the Northamptonshire shoemaking industry, working his way up from the factory floor to the boardroom.

Starting as the “samples boy” of Whitney & Westley in Burton Latimer, Reed soon moved into sales and marketing, and had successful stints with Dr Martens, Shellys, Lotus Shoes and Grenson.

In February 2001, he joined Crockett & Jones as sales director, taking over responsibility for UK sales, and subsequently export sales in Japan and Asia. 

He retired from the business in 2016. 

Jonathan Jones, managing director of Crockett & Jones, said: “It is with great sadness that our recently retired Sales Director, Peter Reed, passed away on Friday morning, having been diagnosed with cancer in March.

”Peter was well respected by all who knew him, and hand many friends throughout the shoe trade. He joined Crockett & Jones in February 2001, taking over responsibility for our U.K. sales, and subsequently overseeing our export sales in Asia, particularly Japan.

”It was always a pleasure working with Peter. He was reliable, enthusiastic, and a thoroughly decent person. We have fond memories of our time together in business, and he will be sadly missed.

”Our thoughts are with his family and relatives at this time.”


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