Freight News, Logistics

Leading light in AV Dawson passes away

[ December 22, 2016   //   ]

AV Dawson owner and partner, Maurice Dawson has died, aged 75. He led the Middlesbrough-based logistics firm, founded in 1938 by his parents, through a significant phase in its growth.

The former diesel fitter apprentice spent years as a long-distance lorry driver before becoming joint managing director at AV Dawson alongside his mother, Eleanor, overseeing its successes for a number of years before eventually handing over the reins to his son, Gary Dawson.

Maurice died peacefully at his home in Hutton Rudby, North Yorkshire, surrounded by his family.

Gary Dawson paid tribute to a “big character” and a true “father figure and mentor to many”, adding: “Losing my dad and business partner at the same time is really tough.

“We are all so proud of what Maurice has achieved over the years and personally I could not have been more proud than when he was awarded an honorary degree from Teesside University for his commitment to business.

“Maurice has been a big character in Teesside and beyond, was really committed to the local area, and was a father figure and a mentor to many.

“Through everyone’s kind messages of support and condolence, I’ve become even more aware of quite how many people he touched.

“He leaves us with an incredible legacy and we will of course continue to honour what he has created and work together to make him proud.”