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Chilled transport pioneer Russell Cadwallader dies

  • 14 May 2014
  • By Christopher Walton

Russell ‘Rusty’ Cadwallader, founder of refrigerated transport pioneers GR Cadwallader, died yesterday aged 82.

Cadwallader, from Oswestry in Shropshire, bought his first truck in the 1950’s and used it to carry goods for Heinz throughout north Wales. This, alongside work with British Steel allowed him to form GR Cadwallader in the 1960’s, which moved fresh and frozen food throughout Europe and latterly purchased Swallow International and McPherson International Transport. At its peak it ran 106 trucks and 200 trailers.

In 1996 the firm was forced to close its doors, with Commercial Motor writing at the time that the combination of the BSE crisis, fierce competition and Government red tape had taken its toll. However the Cadwallader name lived on, under the guidance of his two sons John and David, becoming a specialist in the sale of new and used refrigerated trailers, box vans and curtain-siders.

In a statement John Cadwallader said: “This has been a sad loss to the whole family and he leaves behind his WIFE, two sons and daughter-in-laws and three grandsons.

“He will be sadly missed by all and everyone that knew him.”

The funeral will take place at Oswestry Parish Church at 2pm on 22 May, and anyone who knew the man known as ‘Rusty Cad’ is welcome.


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