Richard Ford, former president of the Society of Shoe Fitters, has died.
Ford, who held the presidency between 1990 and 1991, was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. He leaves a son, Simon, and daughter, Rebecca, and a granddaughter. Ford’s wife Yvonne died in March 2013.
Ford started in the trade in 1959 as a trainee sales assistant in Footman’s in Ipswich and in 1962 became assistant manager of Bowhill & Elliott in Ipswich.
After eight years, he became the manager of K Shoes in Ipswich and after 10 years was headhunted back to Bowhill & Elliott as manager. Three years later he became a director.
Ford qualified to be a member of the Society of Shoe Fitters member in 1985 and some years later became a tutor. He was vice president from 1989 to 1990 before becoming president the following year.