Lord Fyfe of Fairfield 1941-2011

Lord George Lennox Fyfe died on February 1, 2011 aged 69.

Len Fyfe spent his professional career with the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) and filled, with distinction, many of its senior executive posts. Always punctilious and forthright in business matters he was keen to enhance CWS’s social and commercial future by building new stores and improving existing ones.

Len Fyfe was born in Sauchie, attended Alloa Academy and then studied at the Co-operative College in Loughborough. His first senior posting was as general manager of the Kirriemuir shop in 1966. Within two years Lord Fyfe was promoted to be the regional manager of the Scottish Co-operative Society a post where he showed commercial flair.

He served as a JP in Perthshire from 1972 to 75. In the 1980s Lord Fyfe became influential in the Society’s management when he was appointed to the main CWS board from 1981 and served as an outstanding chairman from 1989 to 2000. Lord Fyfe firmly believed that the CWS had to move with the changing circumstances in the industry and “succeed as a business” and “meet their social goals.”

Lord Fyfe’s work with the CWS and the 2000 Monks Commission that looked into the future of the CWS, was acknowledged with a Life Peerage in 2000. He was involved in many debates – concentrating on subjects of special interest to him including the retail industry, transport and economic affairs. Len Fyfe much enjoyed listening to music and studying history. Among other charities he was a trustee of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

He married Ann Asquith in 1965 and is survived by their daughter; his wife and a son having predeceased him.