It is with great sadness that BMJ reports that Howard Broomby, former managing director of Broombys, died last week on January 23, at the age of 81.
Howard joined the family business, Broomby’s, in 1961, when it was trading from depots in Sandside and Ulverston.
In 1969 he relocated to north Cumbria to oversee the opening of Workington branch and subsequent expansion of the business throughout Cumbria and Lancashire.
He took over as managing director in 1978 after the death of his father Jack Broomby, and grew the company to a total of nine branches with a turnover of £31 million by 1999.
Throughout his time at Broombys, Howard was heavily involved in the BMF and NMBS and took on the role of chairman of BMF Education and Training Committee for several years.
In 2000, Broombys was purchased by Travis Perkins PLC.
Howard leaves behind his wife, Angela, two sons, Paul and Andrew and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held on 23 February 2023, at 11am, at the Beetham Hall Crematorium, Milnthorpe LA7 7BQ