It is with great sadness that I have to announce that Andy Gibbons, one of our longest serving team members, has passed away.

Andy, who was only 44, suffered a severe heart attack in April and had been undergoing treatment towards his recovery at hospitals in Birmingham and Leamington. With constant support from his family, he battled bravely for eight months but finally succumbed on 12th December.

A true hardware man, Andy worked for Laidlaw Thomson and City Fix before joining VBH (then known as Wagner) in 1993 in the role of Sales Office Liaison. He was an expert in hardware for aluminium windows and doors and worked his way up to the position of Aluminium Product Manager, which allowed him to shape the company’s product range for the aluminium sector.

The bulk of Andy’s work involved dealing with the aluminium systems houses and fabricators throughout the UK and Ireland and he was well liked by all who knew him, as he brought his down to earth, friendly style to his work.

The directors and staff of VBH send our heartfelt sympathies to Andy’s family and friends, in particular to his wife, Jo, and their three young sons.

We will miss our colleague and friend dearly.