54-year-old Alan Dean, had worked for the leading supplier of LuK clutches, INA tensioners and FAG wheel bearings for the past 20 years.
Managing Director at Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket (UK), Nigel Morgan paid tribute to Alan’s tireless work in helping establish the brands in the UK automotive aftermarket, within which he was an extremely popular character with both work colleagues and customers alike.
Mr Morgan said: “It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Alan passed away peacefully in hospital close to his home in Leicester.
“We have lost a dear friend and colleague after 20 years at Schaeffler. Alan was one of the founder members of our aftermarket business to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.
“We will all have our own special memories of Alan and I ask you to take a few moments to think of him and his family at this sad time.”
Mr Morgan said that Alan had been unwell for a number of months.
The funeral service took place on Friday 11 September at Gilroes Crematorium in Leicester and was followed by a celebration of his life at The Stamford Arms.