Frank Brake, a founding brother of internationally renowned foodservice company, Brakes, has sadly passed away, aged 85.
Tributes have flooded in to pay respect to Frank and the work he did within the industry since he started the firm with his brothers in 1958.
The company is now a worldwide supplier of food and equipment, something Frank played an integral role in throughout his career.
Paying tribute to his work, Hugo Mahoney, CEO at Brakes wrote: “He would have been proud that the business he started with his brothers continues to be successful and it provides a lasting legacy to the hard-working entrepreneurial spirit of one of foodservice wholesaling’s founding fathers.”
He continued: “I was privileged to have the opportunity to talk to Frank at length and, although he sold the business many years ago, I know how supportive he was of Brakes today, under Sysco’s stewardship and spoke very highly of colleagues’ success in working in what he described as a today’s incredibly complex foodservice market. He was a humble man, whose hard-working attitude and entrepreneurial spirit was admired by those who knew him and he will be sadly missed.”
Frank sold his shares upon retirement in 2002 when the company had become a national leader in produce supply and had developed a strong presence in France.
According to Mahoney, the sale of his shares at this point was because he felt it necessary to be completely in or out of the business, something which Mahoney thinks was a “perspective typical of his no-nonsence, pragmatism.”