Some of you already know that Glenn Peck, our youngest Director at 44, suffered a massive stroke on Sunday 05 August. He was admitted to the ICU at Addenbrooke’s hospital but, in spite of the best of care, his condition deteriorated in the following week and he died on Sunday 12 August.
Glenn, whose mother and step-father worked for Doe before him, started with the company as a self employed court constructor. After training, he became Foreman of the one of the best construction gangs in East Region during his early years with the Company and he gradually built up his business as a sub-contractor to Doe.
In his late 20s Glenn suffered a heart attack for which no reason could be found at the time. Thankfully, he made an excellent recovery and returned to work. Not long after this Glenn, and his then girlfriend, Jess, won the lottery – not ‘millions’ but enough, as Glenn put it, to give them security and to enable them to marry and set up home together. Very selfishly, we were worried that we might be about to lose one of our best East Region Foremen but, true to form, when asked if he were thinking about giving up his job, Glenn replied “good heavens no, I love my job and this just means that now I can really enjoy it without having to worry about the future”. This was so typical of the Glenn we all knew, loved and laughed with for so many, many years. Probably one of the most positive ‘can do’ people most of us will meet in our lives.
Glenn’s passion for his job and his work within Doe continued as his career progressed through the company. He joined the staff as a trainee Contracts Manager, became Contracts Manager and then very quickly progressed via Area Manager to become Director of East Region joining the main Board and taking equity in the business he loved.
His passion and love for Doe came, quite rightly, behind the main loves in his life – Jess, Maddie and Sam followed fairly closely by Rugby (and cricket)! How many times can we remember his arrival in the office on a Monday morning with a gashed head, black eye or other signs of a “brilliant game” over the weekend!
Glenn ran his East Region with total commitment and his desire to give the best of service and construction quality to his clients was self evident and, we believe, the main reason for his outstanding success in both selling and construction. He really cared about what he did and took enormous pride in a job well done and expected nothing less from everyone who worked with him.
We are slowly coming to terms with the shock of Glenn’s sudden and unexpected death at such a young age, It still seems very difficult to imagine how we will go forwards without him. Perhaps the best way to tackle this will be the way Glenn would have done - cheerfully and with absolute determination to ‘get the right’ solution. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness of clients, suppliers and colleagues in the industry. All the messages we have received in the office have been made into a book for Jess and the family and we do hope we have written to everyone personally to thank you, every call, e-mail and letter has been deeply appreciated.
Our thoughts now, as in August, remain with Jess, Maddie and Sam and with Glenn’s wider family.