It is with great sadness that we need to inform you of the death of Ken Forbes, who passed away on the 28th July 2022 peacefully at home.

Ken Forbes joined Nicholls & Clarke in 1956 at the age of 18 as an accounts clerk and worked his way through the business, spending 14 years as a sales representative before being asked by Sam Nicholls to join the Board of Directors. He became Chairman of the Nicholls & Clarke Group in 1991. During his period as Chairman, he oversaw the modernisation of the business into the diverse business it is today. 

Many of the existing team were personally recruited and promoted during his tenure. Ken was greatly respected throughout the industry. The Nicholls & Clarke Group will always be indebted to his vision, drive and leadership. 

After 63 years of service Ken retired in 2019. He was a much-loved Father, Grandfather to seven Grandchildren and recent Great Grandfather and will be missed by everyone who knew him. A private family cremation will be followed by a Thanksgiving Memorial Service, on Wednesday 31st August to remember and celebrate Ken’s life.

3 thoughts on “FAREWELL KEN FORBES

  1. I met Ken Forbes once , N&C was a supplier to our business which was in financial distress , his accommodation of our position enable the business to survive .
    An honourable man, R.I.P.

  2. Great guy who will sorely missed by those who had the pleasure of meeting him. Huge loss to industry but his legacy lives on at N&C .
    RIP Ken. My thoughts are with the family during these difficult times.

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