A tribute to Dr. Hermann Simon, C.B.E. on behalf of the employees of Evode Limited, by Ron Dale and Lionel Fletcher. Ron is the Chairman of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staff, Administrative, Professional and Sales Force Bargaining Unit, whilst Lionel is the Senior Convenor for the Transport and General Workers Union. Both are long serving employees - Ron will reach the grand total of thirty years and Lionel sixteen in April this year.
'On behalf of the employees of Evode Limited, we would like to add our tribute to the many which have been forthcoming following the death of our Chairman, Dr Hermann Simon.
Those of us who worked with Dr. Simon in the early days of the Company remember with affection the enthusiasm and singleness of purpose with which he inspired employees in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Following the Company's transfer of premises to its present site and the resulting expansion, employees were inspired by his ability to adapt quickly to the changing circumstances of national and international commerce.
His obvious belief in the strength of the family life concept was reflected in his relationships with his employees, all of whom regarded themselves as part of
the 'Evode' family. Despite, or perhaps because of, his international reputation and commitments, Dr Simon became part of the development and prosperity of Stafford and always remained a Staffordian at heart.
Probably because of his early experiences in Germany, Dr Simon was, in an era when patriotism seemed unfashionable, fiercely proud of his adopted country, and when awarded the C.B.E. for his services to British export, maintained that the honour was achieved by each of his employees as much as by himself.
He was known and revered as 'The Doctor' by all employees and despite the success and acclaim which followed in later years Dr Simon always retained what Kipling called the common touch. It was this innate respect for humanity which was reflected in all his actions and which endeared him to us.
Dr Simon had all the instincts and bearing of the old-fashioned concept of an English gentleman and his passing sees the end of an era. We would like to convey to his family our deepest respect and sorrow for their loss which is felt by us all.'