Monday, 20 July 2020

Component industry leader passes.

The Leadership Group of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) was saddened to learn of the death of George English, founder of G. English Electronics Ltd. (GELEC). George died  on 1st July 2020 at the age of 85 after a short illness and will be sadly missed by his wife Elizabeth and children Susan, David and Tracy, and his six grandchildren.

George Ernest English, 1935 - 2020
Paying tribute to an industry stalwart, Adam Fletcher ecsn chairman said that George English will be fondly remembered by colleagues throughout the electronic components distribution industry: “Prior to his retirement in 1999 George was a keen contributor to AFDEC (the Association of Franchised Distributors of Electronic Components) and the company he founded has remained an active member of the association and its successor ECSN for over thirty-two years”.

George Ernest English was born in London in 1935. In 1951 he joined the British Royal Navy as an engineering artificer where he quickly developed the interest in electrical/electronic engineering that was to become his lifelong passion. He served with the Navy in S.E. Asia for many years, but it was during a spell ashore in Glasgow that he met Elizabeth, his future wife. The couple married in1960.

At the end of his exemplary Naval service, George and Elizabeth returned to Britain where George was able to put his technical skills to good use as a customer support engineer with AEI Cables, before moving to McMurdo in Portsmouth and eventually to Distronic, the Harlow based distributor of electronic components.

George struck out for himself in April 1975 when he founded G. English Electronics Ltd., initially to buy and sell surplus electronic components. The company prospered and George was able to amass sufficient financial resources to attract the interest of well-established manufacturers of electronic components and fund the purchase of a working inventory of desirable parts. G. English Electronics Ltd. became a franchised distributor of electronic components in early1978.

Most of his service with the Royal Navy was spent in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Korea, where he developed a keen understanding of Far Eastern cultures, knowledge he was later able put to good use when negotiating franchise distribution agreements with reliable manufacturers of competitively priced components in these regions. Many of the business relationships and supply lines George secured during his frequent trips to S.E. Asia are still in place today. He remains widely regarded as the man who showed others the way to source electronic components from Asia and how to profile an effective British stock holding of imported parts.

The company that George founded is now in its 45th year and continues as a family owned business with George’s son David at the helm. Today, GELEC has a subsidiary in China and a distribution centre in Hong Kong.

Those seeking to honour George’s memory are invited to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society, either on-line or by sending a cheque c/o Francis Chappell & Sons (Funeral Directors), 27 London Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1AR.

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