Founder of Madeira UK passes away aged 85

Ian and Sara MacPherson

The directors of Madeira have announced the sad passing of Ian MacPherson, who played a critical part in the Madeira Group history as the founder of Madeira UK in 1983.

Mr MacPherson passed away on August 26 at the age of 85. Sadly, Mr MacPherson’s wife, Sara, passed away a few short weeks later at the age of 79 on October 2 from an unrelated illness.

Mr MacPherson worked as managing director of Madeira UK, alongside his wife, who was the company secretary, until their retirement in 2001. During his time as MD, Mr MacPherson firmly established the brand into consumer and industry arenas in the UK.

Ulrich and Michael Schmidt, directors of Madeira Group, and Karen Burrows, MD of Madeira UK, said in a joint statement: “They were well known and respected, making many contacts and lifelong friends. Our thoughts are with all the family at this extremely difficult time.”

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