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John Burgis RIP

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John Burgis RIP
by Sune Nightingale
20 June 2013

It was with sadness that we learnt that John Burgess, founder of Arada stoves in Devon and owner of Villager stoves, passed away on Monday 17th June. John was very hands on when it came to designing new stoves and gave the Aarrow and Stratford brands their distinctive flavour.

John loved the design process and then followed the production in every detail, constantly tweaking different aspects of the stove until he had it absolutely to his own satisfaction. Even after 30 years of designing stoves John was always looking for something new and was a great innovator. He told me that he was the first stove manufacturer to display a stove with airwash at a show in the 80's, a technique that was later used by other manufacturers who made good mileage out of how it improved the view of the fire.

John will be greatly missed and the strength and popularity of Arada stoves will stand as a fitting testimonial to his lasting influence within our industry.

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