Representatives from the kbb industry have paid tribute to Graham ‘Mr LEICHT UK’ Hopper this week, after he passed away in his home this April at the age of 61.
Hopper, who leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Wendy, three grown up children and a granddaughter, was a partner in three separate kbb businesses, and instrumental in the building of a UK wide LEICHT dealer network.
Hopper’s career began with LEICHT in 1980, and went on to span 40 years with the same company.
Messages from those in the industry pay tribute to his vision and leadership at the brand, and remember Hopper as a man of his word.
His obituary, written by his sons Liam, James & Arran, is as follows:
Remembering Graham Hopper
Graham Hopper was known in the industry for his loyalty and integrity. He was true to his word, straight talking, and his passion built the legacy he leaves behind.
Graham was a highly intelligent strategist in the kbb industry. Only three years from retirement, his ethos remained to push forward, build, stabilise and grow.
Graham believed that if things were tough, you must not quit. He mentored hundreds of UK dealers over the years, including his children, and picked them up when they fell. He enjoyed watching dealers grow, opening new showrooms, and expanding LEICHT from Scotland to Exeter.
The Hopper name now lives for another generation in Kitchens. We now enter an exciting new era, but we know we are not alone.
Thank you for everything Dad.
Liam, James & Arran, ‘The Hopper Boys’