Prominent Darlington businessman Douglas Eynon, aged 82 died on 8th February in Norwich. Darlington-born Douglas was educated at Sedbergh School, where he discovered his love of rugby and fell running. Douglas qualified as a Chartererd Accountant with KPMG, formerly Peat Marwick and Mitchell, and after completing his National Service worked for Peats in London. He married Judith in 1962 and they later returned to Darlington where Douglas embarked upon a long career applying his business acumen to buying companies and making them profitable.
Douglas owned a variety of companies, including Hawthorn Limestone, Rolling Stock and Engineering, RS Fabricators, CP Offset Printing, Kohlangaz Fires, and Parker Plant in Leicester. Throughout his career he supported a number of people in starting their businesses, generously giving them his advice and expertise.
His success in business allowed him to retire early and he became Chairman to his daughter’s business, dispensing invaluable wisdom and inspiring a whole new generation.
Douglas was treasurer and later trustee of Darlington Rugby Club, President of the Teesside Institute of Chartered Accountants and President of the local Toastmasters Club.
Douglas was passionate about the Lake District and spent many happy hours walking the fells. He was a member of shooting syndicates in North Yorkshire and Norfolk. He and Judith travelled extensively around the world, and he was an avid skier into his 70s, regularly keeping up with his grandchildren.
Douglas and Judith retired to Norwich to be closer to their family. He leaves his wife Judith, daughters Bridget, Sarah and Karen and six grandchildren.