William Daniel 1937 - 2008
Bill Daniel, who was a Member continuously from 1973, passed away on the 23rd February 2008 after a short illness.
Bill commenced his career in the chemical laboratory at Bradley & Foster Darlaston in 1954. He progressed steadily and held various management posts culminating in Managing Director of Bradley & Foster’s Alloy Casting Division, which included five separate subsidiary foundries spread in locations at Darlaston, Willenhall and Bloxwich.
In 1979 he resurrected the trade name ‘Longwear’, first used in 1958, and formed a new company - Longwear Products Ltd, which, under his stewardship, progressed from a portakabin, located in a hauliers yard in Lower Gornal, to a successful, medium-sized company manufacturing on two sites in the West Midlands.
Bill leaves behind his wife Pat, four daughters, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and 45 employees whom he also treated as an extended family.
He will be sadly missed.