chrisChris Akin, TUCO’s sales ledger and credit control assistant, has died following a short illness. He was 65.

A native of Oldham, he was a much-loved member of the team and will be sadly missed. Mark Firth, TUCO’s finance director and close colleague, said: “Chris was a very big part of our office. He did a great job and people liked dealing with him. He always had time for everyone and put people first. He had a great sense of humour too and we laughed a lot.”

Mike Haslin, TUCO CEO, commented: “Chris will be missed by all his colleagues and friends at TUCO.  He was hard working but always had time to chat and to laugh. I recall once when he awarded himself a world record for credit control, receiving a round of applause at a team meeting. He had a huge repertoire of jokes, and one or two of them were even funny. Rest in peace, Chris.

A former Express Newspapers man – where he worked for 20 years – Chris had been with TUCO for seven years.

A lifelong supporter of Manchester City, Chris was a huge football fan and also enjoyed cricket. He was chairman of his local Failsworth Macedonia Cricket Club, where tributes have poured in from clubs from all over Lancashire.

A big family man, Chris was devoted to his grandchildren. He is survived by his partner of 19 years, Karen, and his son David.

Memorial donations may be made in Chris’ name to: