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Charles Gordon, Life President of William Grant & Sons, Dies in New York

The death has just been announced of Charles Gordon, Life President of William Grant & Sons, who died in New York at the weekend. He was 86 years of age.

Charles was a key driving force in building William Grant & Sons into a strong independent family-owned company with a unique global reputation for excellence.

His son Glenn, the present Chairman of the company, paid this tribute to his father:"We are all very proud of my father's achievements in his very full and energetic lifetime, and give thanks for the legacy that he has left us with. He touched the lives of many, many people and will be sorely missed by all.  In our family and our business, which my father always intertwined, he very much believed in a spirit of partnership. In his memory, we will continue to build this spirit, and with it our independent family business, for future generations."

Stella David, Chief Executive of the company said:"On behalf of all of us at William Grant & Sons, we recognise the truly exceptional contribution Charles Gordon has made to our company.  We pass on our sympathies to the Grant Gordon family. The company is committed to continue to build on Charles' remarkable legacy."