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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Tributes paid to dedicated South Cumbria businessman

TRIBUTES have been paid to a member of a shipbuilding dynasty admired for “a complete dedication to family and friends”.

Peter Redshaw of Heaning Wood, Great Urswick died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday at the age of 69.

A well known businessman, Mr Redshaw was involved with charity work, community groups and was an avid member of the Lakes Gliding Club.

He was born on May 15 1944 and was the son of former Vickers shipyard boss Sir Leonard Redshaw.

A graduate in mechanical engineering, Mr Redshaw followed his dad into the shipyard and during his career helped with projects such as the development of nuclear reactors for the Royal Navy submarine fleet and helping establish Vickers Oceanics.

Mr Redshaw’s son Tim said: “He gained many of his values from his parents, but in truth was an entirely different character to his father though both shared a sense of humour and a complete dedication to family and friends.”

After leaving the yard in 1976, Mr Redshaw went on to be involved with a number of different businesses including Abbey Builders, Ulverston Sheet Metal, Furness Glass, Furness Underwater Engineering and Furness Engineering and Technology Limited.

Away from work, Mr Redshaw spent most of his spare time with the Lakes Gliding Club where he was the honorary secretary.

In 2013 he won the standard class two-seater gliding competition at Pocklington, in Yorkshire, flying a vintage wooden glider which he had restored himself.

He is the only pilot to achieve a 500km distance flight from Walney.

Mr Redshaw also worked for the Prince’s Trust, helping young people to set up their own business.

He eventually followed his grandfather Joseph Redshaw into the role of president of the Barrow and District Association of Engineers.

Mr Redshaw had been a member of the Barrow St George’s Society since the 1960s and was central in helping to organise the annual dinner each year presiding over the Urswick Number One branch.

He is survived by his wife Lisbeth, children Jane, Tim and Catherine and grandchildren Eden, Adam, Abbey, Didi, Joscelin and Emmet.

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