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Tributes paid to dedicated Burton Marmite manager

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Rob Helliwell

Douglas is on the right of the picture. His wife Joan is in the middle and the managing director of Marmite at the time (unknown name unfortunately). Photo taken in 1991.

Douglas is on the right of the picture. His wife Joan is in the middle and the managing director of Marmite at the time (unknown name unfortunately). Photo taken in 1991.

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A DEVOTED family man who spent his working life at Burton's Marmite plant has sadly passed away.

Douglas Woolley enjoyed a hugely successful career working for the company, notching up almost 50 years service.

Mr Woolley's career began in 1944 aged just 14, a starting age unimaginable to most youngsters today. His first job at the factory was as an errand boy, mainly running messages around the Burton site.

It was the beginning of a dedicated career that would span through the decades until retirement, serving the Marmite factory with distinction.

Despite Mr Woolley's career being interrupted by National Service in the late 40s, he returned to Burton to build a life in the area.

Returning to his job at the Marmite factory, he was able to progress through the ranks working in almost every department.

Mr Woolley spent time as a factory worker in both the bottle plant and the mixing room, making many friends and acquaintances along the way.

Eventually, in the 1970s, he made his way off the factory floor and into the offices after taking time to study at night school, gaining the qualifications needed to work behind the scenes.

Away from work Mr Woolley's personal life blossomed as he married his wife Joan and raised three children, Judith, Jane and Paul, at the family home in Derby Road.

When not working or spending time with the family, he could often be found gardening, a hobby he held throughout life.

His final role with Marmite was as stores manager, which he held until retiring in 1991, some 47 years after he'd joined the company as a fresh-faced errand boy.

Douglas' son Paul Woolley paid tribute to his father. "A lot of his time was devoted to his wife and family," he said.

"I'm sure a lot of people who worked at Marmite would have met him and been friends with him. He was a hardworking, dedicated, man who will be sadly missed by us all."

Mr Woolley, who passed away aged 84, will be remembered by family and friends at his funeral at Bretby Crematorium from 12.45pm on Friday.

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