It was standing room only at Charles Harrison’s funeral yesterday.
Family, friends and industry colleagues packed into St John the Evangelist church in Wallingford, Oxfordshire to say goodbye to the founder of CAT Enterprises, who died aged 55 after a heart attack on July 19.
Housewares industry mourners included former BHETA housewares director Pam Plant, who delivered a warm eulogy recalling Harrison’s quirky approach to trade exhibitions, among other things.
Other tributes came from his elder brother Richard, and from his long-time friend and golfing partner Rob Edwards, who described him as a man “who never bothered with a new joke when an old one would do”, and who followed every tee shot with the words: “We’ll find that”.
Other housewares industry people present included Neil Avent, Mark Boddy, Peter Bushell, Matthew Canwell, Peter Dunne, Gary Gordon, Simon Green, Sharon Harris, Helen Hibbert, Will Jones, Laurie Marrington, David Parkes, Colin Petty, Neville Singer, Dennis Stringer, Paul Threse, Andy Vaughan and Patrick Winters.