It is with great sadness that I am writing about the loss of Mike Gadbury, who so many of us in the hospitality sector knew as a friend and as a supporter.
I attended his funeral on Friday last week, with many, many members of the hospitality technology industry and as we reminisced, we recalled the positive influence he’d had on all of us, both personally and professionally, underling the huge role he’d played in the industry.
The number of people at his service, with many having to stand, was nothing less than I expected and a great tribute to a very special man. Mike was someone who could be relied upon to be the voice of reason and to listen to and understand everyone’s point of view.
Throughout my career Mike was always there; sometimes as a colleague and other times as a competitor. In either scenario I can’t recall his face without a smile! He was a talented businessman, and he loved the hospitality industry. To have known Mike was an honour – he was always kind and always generous with his time.
Mike was full of wisdom, full of charm and full of fun. Despite the sadness of the event, his personality was felt throughout the service. We were welcomed with The Proclaimers’ ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)’, we listened to ‘Happiness’ by Ken Dodd and we left to the sound of Eric Idle’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’!
Mike loved his sport, and since his retirement he dedicated much of his time to Esher RFC as a member, supporter and volunteer. He also enjoyed golf, cricket and had loyally supported Colchester United FC for much of his life.
He leaves behind his lovely wife Emma, two children; James and Lydia, plus two young grandchildren.
If you would like to make a donation in Mike’s memory – there is a collection for Sports Aid and The British Heart Foundation, which can be accessed at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/MikeGadbury1