Died February 2005, aged 100: Centenarian Arnold Hagenbach, managing director of caterers and bakers Charles Hagenbach & Sons from 1929 to 1957, when the company was sold to Allied Bakeries, died in Spain. He had lived successively at Sandal, Wakefield, Stairfoot House, Adel, and latterly at Colerne, Wiltshire, and Estepona, Spain.
From its headquarters in Wakefield, Hagenbachs controlled one of Yorkshire's biggest bakery businesses, with nearly 40 shops and restaurants. Arnold, son of Charles Hagenbach - of Swiss ancestry - was born at Wakefield on 19 May 1904 and educated at SilcoatesSchool, Wakefield, and in Geneva. He was a Wakefield city councillor and, after disposing of Hagenbachs, was chairman and joint MD of the Arndale Property Trust. In 1962 he bought BurghIsland, off Plymouth, one of Britain's outstanding natural beauty spots. A fox-hunter, skier, scuba diver and tennis player, he belonged to the Lansdowne and Oriental clubs and was a member of Lloyds.
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