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Obituary: David Cartwright, 16 October 1932 – 5 August 2019, former Chair of the EDA’s Scottish Section

August 13, 2019

It is with great regret that the EDA announces the death of David Cartwright, who twice held the role of Chair of the EDA’s Scottish Section.

David’s grandfather started John T Cartwright & Sons back in the early 20th century. David was the third generation coming in to the business, following his father, George W Cartwright. George W. Cartwright was President of the EWF in 1951.

Having farmed in British Columbia for several years, David , came back to Scotland and joined his father and brother Arthur in the family business for eight or nine years. They were strong domestic appliance distributors and David’s father decided to sell out to Thorn who had a major appliance business in 1972.

A picture of David Cartwright from 1974

Above: David in 1974

David moved South to run Wessex Wholesale in south west England, looking after about 15 branches until 1976. He then returned to Glasgow to run E A Woods’ Glasgow branch which he and brother Arthur took over in 1979, renaming it A & D Cartwright Ltd. They were members of Crew buying group and then ANEW.

David was twice Chairman of the Scottish Section of the EDA, firstly at Peebles and then at North Berwick.

Alan Dunnet of Holland House Electrical Co Ltd, shared this memory of David,

“He dabbled at sailing and my first recollection of meeting David was when he came to visit my Dad to purchase our Loch Long, a racing day boat popular on the River Clyde at that time, 1968.

“I don’t remember much about the boat discussion, however I do remember David’s strongly infectious laugh and great sense of humour. A real tonic and something he never lost.”

David was a keen golfer, a member firstly at Whitecraigs Golf Club and then Western Gailles Golf Club which he joined in 1962. He was Captain in 1972 when the Curtis Cup was held there, a great honour.

David is survived by his wife Audrey and their three children, Angela , George, Angus and six grandchildren.

The funeral will take place on Thursday 15 August, at Giffnock South Parish Church, G46 6QX, at 12.30 pm.

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