It has been a sad time recently for the Beech Group following the death of John Beech DSM, the founder of the company back in 1963. John had an amazing long fruitful life and passed away at the age of 93 on the 15th October 2016. John used to say that he used up eight of his nine lives taking off and landing biplanes on aircraft carriers in the Second World War. John handed over the company to his son Chris Beech in the 80s and current owners carried out a management buyout in 2009. John was a fine gentleman and was well loved and will be sorely missed by his large family.