A SUCCESSFUL businessman who helped establish the Martlets Hospice in Hove has been remembered.
Dennis Webber died peacefully on November 11 at the age of 91.
He was described by friends and colleagues as a “community champion” and friend of many.
With a long and accomplished career in business, he worked as director and company secretary of what used to be known as Greens of Brighton, in Portland Road.
The company produced Quick Jel, Carmelle and cake mixes. In 1970, Greens of Brighton became part of the big American company Pillsbury, as it continued to expand.
Pillsbury’s Leo Burnett created the company’s famed Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant, which are two of the agency’s top brands.
The companies merging was a development which brought Greens’ management involvement with Green Giant and the entry of Haagen Dazs and Burger King into the UK, as well as helping manage the acquisition of an ice cream company.
Dennis’s management team also helped with the acquisition of Hammonds Sauce, a Yorkshire-based company which had a very successful brass band – a band which gave a memorable public performance at the Hove Town Hall many years ago.
He spent much of his time outside his main business venture helping new members of staff and Americans visiting the country to find homes and settle into work here.
With his outgoing personality, Dennis helped many local people and charities with his management and fundraising skills.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Martlets Hospice in Hove through his work over a number of years with the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
Dennis was a Freemason since at least 1970 and was a member for more than 45 years.
He later received recognition for his fundraising achievements in an award presented by HRH the Duchess of Kent.
Although he never married, Dennis was known to others as a “larger than life character who was at ease in all walks of life”.
Having no remaining relatives Dennis invited his two former work colleagues Mike Tyler and Phil Baines to help as his executors.
Paying tribute to Dennis, Mr Tyler said: “He was a great colleague to work with and he was always interested to know how our partners and children were doing. He said that he felt he had had a happy and fulfilled life, most of it spent living and working in Hove.”
Dennis had a quiet faith and was a member of All Saints Church in Hove, where he also had many good friends.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
His funeral service was held last Wednesday at All Saints Church Hove.
Source: The Argus