Garden industry mourns Paul Dye (Updated)

Paul Dye, has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer.

He was operations manager at Grovewell Garden Centre since 2014, helping them with the acquisition of their 3rd garden centre, MacFarlanes.

Edward Boult of Grovewell said, “The very recent passing of Paul Dye is not only a loss of a friend, but an extremely sad loss for us as a business and for the industry as a whole. Paul’s plant and industry knowledge was exceptional; in fact, I would go so far as to say he was the best plant buyer I’ve ever known and had the pleasure of working with.

“A fantastic asset and support to Grovewell, his firm and fair management style helped push the business forward. A real gentleman with exceptional commitment, Paul Dye will be sorely missed by my teams, our customers and myself.”

Before joining Grovewell he was regional manager at The Garden Centre Group (now Wyevale Garden Centres) for four years, leaving at the end of 2013 when many experienced managers departed following a ‘re-alignment’ of the management structure.

Previously he was director of Polhill garden centre between 2006 and 2010.

Paul Dyes Funeral will be held on Friday 16th February 1.20pm at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury Rd, Barham, Canterbury, Kent.  CT4 6QU
Tel: 01227 831351

Then for those who would like to come on after to The Gate Inn at 3pm. Church Lane, Marshside, Canterbury, Kent. CT3 4EB
Tel: 01227 860498

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Anthony Turner,  12 Feb 2018:
...A truly great man, and I feel privileged to have been his friend. Will be greatly missed.
John O'Connor,  7 Feb 2018:
...Ohh I'm so sad to hear that Paul has passed away. He was my mentor manager when I worked at Country Gardens and we shared a great love of rugby, especially the 6 nations championship and the odd pint together. He will be a huge loss to us all and I am so proud to have been guided and mentored by Paul. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam - May he rest in peace My Irish Blessing for Paul is in the link below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgzKIsV01A0&list=RDWL01_ZSfHbE&index=13 To my mentor with great sadness. John.
Neil Stevens,  25 Jan 2018:
...Very sad news, I worked with Paul during our days at Country Gardens in the late 90's and always found Paul friendly, positive and honest, always seeking the best way to manage and trade his business. We have bumped into each other many times at trade shows since then and he always had time for a quick chat and catch up. One of the nice guys. My thoughts are with his wife a family at this very sad time. Regards, Neil
Steve Bird,  25 Jan 2018:
...Known Paul a long time, he was a great guy, always good humoured, in fact we used to send jokes to each other. Recently we began to do business together again, and it made me realise there are still some nice guys out there. He will be sadly missed in this world.
Jeremy Crook,  25 Jan 2018:
...Esther and I are so sorry to learn of this terrible news. We will remember Paul as being courteous, fair and friendly - our thoughts are with his family at this sad time
Steve,  22 Jan 2018:
...So sorry to hear this tragic news. Have known Paul since his days at Roses and Shrubs Albrighton back in early 80's. He will be sadly missed.
Jane,  21 Jan 2018:
...I am so sorry to hear of Pauls passing. I met Paul many years ago when we were both just starting our career paths. These paths have crossed on many occasions and it has always been a pleasure to work with him. My condolences to his family.
Steve,  19 Jan 2018:
...Very sorry to hear this - I have had the pleasure of working with Paul for many years.He will be greatly missed.
Richard,  17 Jan 2018:
...A great guy who will be missed. Shocked by this news. Thoughts go his family at this sad time. Richard (ex TGGC regional manager).

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