Tributes to former brewery boss

A BREWERY'S former managing director has died aged 70.

Tributes were today paid to John Martin Cameron, who was at the helm of Camerons brewery in Hartlepool in the 1970s.

He died peacefully on Wednesday, December 2, and his funeral took place at Husthwaite Parish Church, near Easingwold, North Yorkshire, last week.

Mr Cameron was the only son of John Watson Cameron and his wife Lillian, from Thirsk.

He was educated at Stowe School, in Buckinghamshire, before his national service with 13th/20th Hussars, in which he spent time in Germany.

He joined JW Cameron and Co – of which his father was chairman – in 1957 and was appointed a company director in 1960.

He became assistant managing director in 1963 and managing director eight years later on the retirement of his father, who stayed on as executive chairman.

JW Cameron's uncle, Colonel JW Cameron, was the founder of the brewery and its first chairman.

John Martin Cameron also served as the chairman of the North East Brewers' Association.

He married former model Ray Marjorie Denison in 1964.

A spokesman for Camerons Brewery said: "Our thoughts go out to his family and close friends."