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F. J. Bartram (1921-2014)

Posted: 11th July 2014

It is with great sadness that we confirm our Chairman, Frederick J. Bartram passed away suddenly on the 22nd June 2014.

Mr. Bartram was a huge and inspirational part of Beehive Coils Limited after starting the company back in 1968 and continuing to come into work almost every day since (that’s nearly 50 years!), playing an important and valued role in the company right up until the end - even at the age of 93.

Mr. Bartram had a vast wealth of knowledge in the air conditioning industry having spent many years learning the trade back in the 40’s and adding to his knowledge base ever since before starting up Beehive in the 1960’s.

Back in those days, he and a handful of workers (including his late wife Olive, pictured above with Mr. Bartram) used to design and then manufacture chiller and air conditioning coils by hand, working countless late nights and early mornings - drilling holes in aluminium fins/plates individually before assembling the finished product and supplying to the likes of Carters, Barkers and NRC - to name but a few of his original customers.

“My grandfather was both an inspirational part of my life and of Beehive. He will be sorely missed, but always remembered” Mark Bartram, Director

Mr. Bartram’s extensive experience in the industry has been instrumental in developing the foundations to which most of our (and others) current design programs have been built around.

With the help of his son Robert, Mr. Bartram managed to invest and expand the business to where we are today; employing over 120 people at our 8000+ M² factory in Newmarket, Suffolk producing well over 100,000 units per annum for our large, ever growing, customer base.

The three core ingredients that Mr. Bartram built Beehive on are competitive prices, reliable service and quality products - all of which are as present today, as they ever were.

He was always ready to lend a hand, share some of his knowledge, give a story about the old days or simply have a good laugh and a joke in the office with his colleagues and family.

Mr. Bartram’s funeral took place recently and we were pleased to see many faces (old and new) attending a packed service in memory of his long and interesting life together with all of the achievements he had accomplished including a recent visit to a garden party at Buckingham Palace, on his 93rd Birthday.

At Beehive, the Chairman is survived by his son Robert (who is the Managing Director) and grandson Mark (who is a Director). He will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to have had dealings with him over the years - but most of all, by his family.