Tributes have been paid to the founder of one of Staffordshire’s best-known car dealers following his sudden death.
Businessman Angus MacKinnon launched the Uttoxeter-based single-bay garage in 1975 and grew it to a 100-vehicle independent car dealership.
He ran the business for almost 45 years selling customers vehicles across Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Burton, Loughborough and Leicester.
Now his loved-ones have announced that Mr MacKinnon died at the age of 70 on May 12 following a short illness.
A private family funeral will be held on May 22 with the garage closing as a show of respect,
In a statement on the Facebook page, the firm said: “It is with great sadness to announce Angus MacKinnon, the founder of Angus MacKinnon Ltd, passed away.
“It is an incredibly difficult time for the family and staff, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their messages of condolence.
“As a mark of respect, Angus MacKinnon Ltd will be closed on Friday, May 22 for a private funeral.
“Angus was very proud of the business he built over the last 45 years and as a team we intend to continue his legacy through the award-winning service that we provide to all our customers.”
Hundreds of tributes have now been paid to a ‘wonderful gentleman’.
David MacDonald, executive director of Uttoxeter Racecourse, said: “He was a real gentleman who loved his days at the racecourse.
“Our thoughts are with friends and family and we hope we can raise a glass to celebrate a great man when the time is right.”
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And Shelley Podmore said: “I’m so very sorry to hear this news. Angus was a gentleman.
“It was lovely to bump into him in January. We Had a lovely chat about the early days of the business his friendship with my dad John Podmore and how he missed him.
“Angus will be much missed and fondly remembered.”