We are very saddened to advise that long standing BSP member Stan Owen has passed away. His funeral will be on Thursday 4th May at 12.15, at Breakspear Crematorium Ruislip HA4 7SJ.
There is no formal wake however there is a pub nearby where mourners can congregate after the service – the Breakspear Arms – http://breakspeararms.co.uk/ .
OBITUARY – STAN OWEN
Stan Owen 1952 – 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Stan Owen a fine man with a deep understanding and knowledge of both the Flavour and Fragrance Industries.
Stan was born in Malta and came from a Naval family although he grew up in Stevenage. His first degree was in Microbiology and Genetics at Swansea and then in 1975 he completed a postgraduate diploma in Information Science at Liverpool, where he met his lifetime partner Marilyn (Lyn) Duffus, whom he married in 2007.
His first job was in the library at the Transport and Road Research Laboratory in Bracknell and, when he left to join John Brown Construction, his boss gave him a good piece of advice – have a job that interests you, but isn’t based around your hobby.
This proved to be excellent advice; after a short period at Abbott Laboratories, Stan joined PFW Flavours in Perivale in 1985, moving to Milton Keynes with Tastemaker and later to Givaudan Fragrances in Staines. In total he was with the company for 25 years through its various changes. His roles were varied, starting as an Information Scientist then moving via Formula Management to Regulatory Affairs Specialist. After leaving Givaudan in 2010 he worked with PZCussons, Inovia, AFF, and Phoenix Aromas in the Regulatory field. All his colleagues have fond memories of his kindness, openness and humour as well as his ability to make the complex simple – essential for commercial teams!
Stan found working with flavours and later fragrances continually interesting and varied – he couldn’t pass an FMCG display without checking the ingredient labelling.
Stan spent much of his free time volunteering with his many other interests – railways, specifically narrow gauge railways, rebuilding track for the Welsh Highland Railway through Snowdonia; working with an industrial archaeology group documenting the remains of the slate industry in north Wales; and sailing with Thames sailing barges. Most holidays, in the UK and overseas, involved visiting (and photographing) at least one railway or transport museum. He also qualified as a volunteer minibus driver to take the clients of different charities on days out.
Through his illness, he continued to plan the next railway visit, and until the beginning of this year, was still travelling to Wales regularly, painting railway carriages for the upcoming tourist season.
Stan was always a strong and active supporter of the BSP, attending many functions, symposia and holidays. His wit and wisdom as well as his professional and personal contributions will be very much missed by his many friends and colleagues in the industry.
Stan died in Meadown House Hospice in Ealing on 13th April 2017.