THE managing director of a Sheffield manufacturing company has died in Canada.
Joseph Masters, managing director of industrial knives manufacturer Microblade, was driving to the airport in Vancouver after visiting his holiday home in Whistler, British Columbia, when he was taken ill.
He pulled off the road but died shortly afterwards, having suffered a heart attack.
Mr Masters, the president of The Kinetic Company, a manufacturer of industrial knives in America, was 64.
He purchased Microblade, which has been in business in Sheffield for more than 150 years, in 1983 and led the company, based on Sanderson Street, Attercliffe, from strength to strength.
Family friend Diarmuid Deeney, managing director of law firm Lupton Fawcett Lee and Priestley, based on Solly Street, off Broad Lane in the city centre, described Mr Masters as ‘a true friend of Sheffield manufacturing’.
He said: “Under Joseph’s inspired leadership and with his dedication and commitment, Microblade flourished and now exports its products throughout the world.
“In 1989, it was awarded the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement. Joseph was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the award from the Queen.
“For more than 40 years Joseph visited Sheffield on a frequent basis and was a great admirer of the region and its proud industrial heritage. His presence will be sorely missed.”
Mr Masters leaves a wife, Judith, and two sons, Cash and Jared.