REDDITCH Crematorium was full to overflowing as family, friends and mourners gathered to celebrate the life of David Hewston, writes Shivani Chaudhari.
The successful businessman was the founder of Bumble Hole Foods in Bourneheath, Bromsgrove and from humble beginnings and through hard work created one of the UK’s most respected egg processing companies.
Mr Hewston, who suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for six years, died peacefully aged 77 in Rashwood Nursing Home on January 25 surrounded by his family.
Mourners heard he was a man who loved to sing, and music played a key role in the service with songs by Buddy Holly – ‘Raining in my Heart’ to open, and ‘True Love Ways’ to close.
The service began with prayers and reading of Psalm 23 followed by a tribute from his grand-daughter Lauren and friend Barry Jackson who both described him as a kind and humble man.
Bumble Hole Foods managing director Mr Jackson described the company’s founder as a ‘real gentleman’ adding he hoped anyone looking to start their own business would be inspired by David’s story.
The firm’s engineering manager Dean Wood, who has worked for the company for 20 years, added employees were treated like family.
“David was a snappy dresser and would never walk past a karaoke machine – he was not only a boss but a good friend for 20 years.”
Mr Hewston’s achievements were not only celebrated by his friends and family but acknowledged nationally when the company won an award at the ‘Oscars’ of the industry, The Food Manufacture Excellence Awards in London last week.
David’s son Andrew said of his dad: “He was hardworking and kind to people and someone that knew the difference between right and wrong.”