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Obituary | Those Licensing People founder and MD, Russell Dever

The vivacious and engaging founder of licensing agency, Those Licensing People, Russell Dever (aged 62), passed away on 11th August having sadly taken his own life after a long battle with depression. Renowned for his passion in children’s entertainment and content, his affection for the genre led him to found the …

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Obituary | Peter Lockey, co-founder of The Puppet Company

It is with great sadness that ToyNews reports that Peter Lockey, co-founder and director of The Puppet Company, passed away on July 1st 2021, following a six month battle with a brain tumour. Founded by Peter and his wife, Sue, The Puppet Company was established in 2001 with the aim …

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Willi Zapf, former Zapf Creation owner, passes away aged 83

With great sadness, the Zapf Creation team shares the news that the company’s former owner Willi Zapf passed away on 30 June 2021 at the age of 83. In a statement issued this morning, the Zapf Creation team said that “Willi will be remembered as a committed and optimistic entrepreneur …

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Obituary: Francis Spear, 1931 – 2020

Francis Spear, the former chairman of the family-founded J.W. Spear & Sons, a significant manufacturer of board games during the 20th century, passed away peacefully on December 13th 2020. He will be remembered fondly by all his work colleagues, his family and his many friends. Francis was born in the …

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