Chris Wade

I heard this morning that Chris Wade died on the 16th June. He had a long and distinguished career do will be known by many in the trade.  I met him first in El Salvador when he visited us while working for K Shoes and we spent a few days looking round our shoe factories and the tannery there.

Curiously we were to connect later when I worked with his father Max Wade at Charles Tanneries in Nottingham. Wade and Co in Nottingham was one of the first UK tanneries to use chromium in a serious and correct way.  Around 1955 the family asked the Booth Group to take full control but Max had stayed on and was a font of good advice and knowledge.

Chris’s career consequently included Wade & Company, but also K Shoes, National Chrome Tanning (as it was), Scottish Tanning Industries (as it was) and finally he set up his own business prior to retirement. He will be well known by a lot of our alumni in the UK and overseas.

Chris’s son Colin is well known to many others as the Managing Director of Andrew Muirhead and Sons Ltd. The funeral will be held on Wednesday the 6th July 2016 at 1.15pm at The Counties Crematorium, Towcester Road, Milton Malsor Northampton NN4 9RN and the family would be pleased for those attending to join them afterwards in Greens Restaurant, Collingtree Park Golf Club, 90 Windingbrook Lane, Northampton, NN4 0XN

Mike Redwood
22nd June 2016