Former Ransomes chief executive Bob Dodsworth dies, aged 73

One time chief executive of Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, the turf equipment manufacturer that preceded Ransomes Jacobsen, Bob Dodsworth has died, aged 73.

He died in hospital on 6 January and his funeral will be held at Rushmere St Andrew Parish Church in Ipswich on 22 January.

Dodsworth joined the company in 1963 as chief accountant. In 1977 he became chief executive, a position he held for 16 years until his retirement in 1993.

During his time with the company he oversaw the beginning of the development of surplus land at Nacton, which today is Ipswich’s major commercial centre, Ransomes Europark.

Dodsworth was extremely active in the business world, working as chairman of Ransomes' subsidiary companies and holding numerous non-executive directorships in the Ipswich area, including at Ipswich Building Society, Ipswich Port Authority, the East Anglian Daily Times Group and the regional board of National Westminster Bank.

He was on the board of Christchurch Park Hospital for more than 20 years, the last 8 as chairman, and was also a deputy Lieutenant of Suffolk from 1988.

Ransomes Jacobsen managing director David Withers said: "Bob Dodsworth was a devoted family man and was at the helm of the company at an important and successful period in its illustrious history. He will be sadly missed by his wife Hazel, sons John and Simon and his 5 grandchildren, as well as everyone who knew or worked with him. On behalf of all of us at Ransomes Jacobsen, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Hazel and the family."


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