The quality manager at footwear brand and manufacturer Hotter Shoes, Steven Stewart, has died after a short battle with cancer.
Steven Stewart pictured with Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex
Stewart, who celebrated his 20th anniversary working with the company earlier this summer, was admitted to Wigan hospital on 20 August and died on 23 August.
He is survived by his wife, Joan Stewart, who is a Hotter factory manager.
The business had a minute’s silence on 24 August and are flying flags at half-mast.
Hotter chief operating officer Robert Perkins said: “This is truly a very sad time for the whole Hotter team, as Steven has been a loyal and passionate advocate and ambassador of the Hotter brand for an incredible twenty years, and has devoted himself to the service of Hotter customers around the world.
“The whole company is saddened by the loss of Steven and we are reflecting on the many happy memories (and jokes) that our very own ‘Mr Passion’ has created over the years; from his starring roles on the BBC to delivering numerous factory tours, including one for a member of the royal family.
”On a daily basis, Steven delivered passion in his pursuit of product excellence and in his care for people. He was an inspiration to the entire factory team and his colleagues throughout the company. When he started at Hotter, the company employed just 80 people and he has been instrumental in driving us to our current success.”