Tributes have been paid to Michael Felton, the founder of South West foodservice wholesaler Caterfood, who died earlier this month aged 78 after a short illness.
Michael, who was known to everyone as Mike, was born on June 4,1936, in Kettering, Northamptonshire. After completing national service in the Army Tank Regiment in North Africa he joined his father’s shoe making business. After the sale of the business in 1961, Mike, his wife, Babs and their young daughter Lisa, moved to Cornwall to run a farm with his father and that’s where their two sons Mark and Mike were born.
Deciding a few years later to go it alone, the family bought Lucius Street Dairy and moved to Torquay in 1967. In 1969 Mike and Babs took over the former Walls factory in Torquay and Caterfood was born. Today Caterfood it is still a family-owned Features > Business, employing 150 people and run by Michael’s son Mark.
Michael, who was the patron of the RNLI Dart Inshore Lifeboat, loved the river and its people and six years ago began helping to fund the town’s inshore lifeboat named Spirit of the Dart by Babs.
Mark Felton said of his father: “Dad was always helping others. He worked extremely hard, and with the assistance of his family and a strong management team at Caterfood, helped to build the successful business that it is today. Right up until three weeks ago he would go into work to open the post, a job he loved and we loved seeing him.