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Peter Wood RIP

Peter Wood, founder and managing director of Caseco, has sadly passed away at the age of 75.

Widely respected throughout optics for his integrity, charm and experience, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2020, and succumbed to this on 3 February 2021.

During the past 30 years Peter had built the business to be a major supplier of cases and accessories and will be widely missed by colleagues in optics.

Caseco continues in good hands with the established team and return of Julian Clarke – now as managing director – who worked for Caseco for many years before moving to Cutler and Gross. His experience will be valuable in sourcing and promoting new Caseco products.

As Julian said, “This is a very sad time for the family, for optics and for Caseco as a business. Peter was one of the original good guys and respected as a gentleman leading a fantastic team. He was very faithful to his customers and suppliers. He came across as being very measured but he had huge energy for work. As a team we have had nine months to prepare and will be carrying on with Peter’s great legacy.”

Originally from Manchester, Peter was a metallurgy graduate from Imperial College whose first job was as technical manager for Ever Ready, looking at processes and materials. He then worked for cricket ball manufacturer, Alfred Reader, where he worked on new materials, later joining Franklin Mint as Technical Director.

He travelled internationally, sourcing products and developing a great understanding of materials and manufacturing processes: skills which would be greatly beneficial to the success of Caseco.

Due to current Covid restrictions Peter’s funeral will be a family occasion in Goudhurst where he lived. He leaves behind his wife, Chris, their daughter, Hannah and son Alex.

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