Mourners gather for funeral of top boss

IPSWICH: Mourners gathered to pay their respects to the former chief executive of Ransomes Sims and Jefferies.

IPSWICH: Mourners gathered to pay their respects to the former chief executive of Ransomes Sims and Jefferies.

The funeral of Bob Dodsworth was held yesterday at Rushmere St Andrew Parish Church in Ipswich.

Mr Dodsworth, 73, joined the turf care equipment manufacturer, today known as Ransomes Jacobsen, in 1963 as chief accountant and served for 16 years as chief executive until he retired in 1993.

Mr Dodsworth was born in Darlington in 1936 and after excelling at Barnard Castle School, went to Kings College, Newcastle where he took an economics degree course.

Mr Dodsworth was very active in the business community of Ipswich and held several non-executive directorships with the Ipswich Building Society, Ipswich Port Authority, the East Anglian Daily Times Group and the Eastern Regional board of National Westminster Bank plc.

Mr Dodsworth leaves a wife, Hazel, sons John and Simon and five grandchildren.