Fakenham haulage firm boss Jack Richards dies, aged 90

Jack Richards (Fakenham) ANL-140515-112353001
Jack Richards (Fakenham) ANL-140515-112353001
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The founder of a Fakenham-based haulage firm, whose distinctive yellow lorries are a familiar sight on roads up and down the country, has died.

Jack Richards, the founder and owner of Jack Richards and Son, died in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday, aged 90.

Mr Richards founded the business in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, in 1956, with just a single truck. His depot in Fakenham opened in 1971 and became the company’s headquarters six years later.

Today, the firm runs more than 200 lorries and employs over 350 people from sites in Fakenham and Northwich in Cheshire.

Oliver Mitchell, the firm’s general manager for the southern region, said Mr Richards had been an integral figure in the business right up until his death.

He said: “He was a well liked and respected member of the community for both his work and his fundraising.

“I’ve known him for the last 11 years and he just never retired. He would still come in every day up to a year ago and after that he carried on at home on a day-to-day basis.

“He was a very clever and wise businessman, he could always recognise an opportunity. He was dedicated and professional, and a real perfectionist which shows throughout the company.”

A former RAF serviceman, Mr Richards had served as president of Fakenham’s Royal British legion branch until earlier this year and held a similar role with the Fakenham Town Band.

He also opened a museum of vintage haulage vehicles in Fakenham.