Don Gregory – Obituary
Honorary Court Assistant Don Gregory sadly passed away on 5 March 2017 after a short illness.
Don was married to Doreen for 54 years and they had three daughters, Pamela, Susan and Fay.
The funeral was held at the ancient church of St Giles in Ashtead, Surrey, and was attended by family, many friends and members of the Livery.
There were also many former colleagues from the James Burrough company, producers of Beefeater Gin.
Liveryman Ted Palmer, a close colleague and friend of Don, was one of those who paid tribute to Don during the service.
Don was the first non-family board member of James Burrough PLC and as Export Director he spearheaded the international growth of Beefeater, which became the world’s leading brand of UK export premium London Dry Gin, selling in over 100 markets around the world.
Under Don’s leadership of export sales the company won the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement on five occasions – a remarkable achievement.
Ted spoke of how Don had created an export team, “a band of brothers who enjoyed a unique chemistry”.
Don made friends and business contacts around the world and was greatly respected within the industry.
Ted had many anecdotes from their time at Beefeater, including the day in 1980 when, during the Bob Hope Classic Golf Tournament, Don presented Bob Hope with a £500 cheque for charity and a specially inscribed Beefeater statuette.
As an active member of the Court and a founder member of the Distillers Golf Club, Don made a great contribution to the Livery. The large attendance at the funeral and afterwards at the RAC Golf Club in Woodcote Park, Epsom reflected Don’s popularity and the impression he left on many people from different walks of life.
It was a well chosen venue for a celebration of his life well lived and he will be greatly missed by many.