max temp: 12°C

min temp: 2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Prominent agricultural machinery dealer Alan Doe dies aged 85

20:24 28 July 2014

Alan Doe in 2010

Alan Doe in 2010


A stalwart of the East Anglian farming community and successful business entrepreneur has died aged 85.

Ernest and Alan Doe in 1940Ernest and Alan Doe in 1940

Alan Ernest Doe, chairman of agricultural, construction and groundcare machinery dealership Ernest Doe & Sons, died suddenly on Saturday.

He was grandson of the company’s founder, Ernest Doe, and still attended its offices in Ulting, near Maldon, five days a week.

Under his leadership, the business diversified in the 1950s and 60s into supplying construction and groundcare equipment, and latterly with his son, Colin, further increased the company’s branch network. The company now employs over 500 people, trades from 19 locations across the whole of East Anglia, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and has a turnover of £115million.

He is survived by his wife, Jill, children Diana, Colin and Marian, and seven grandchildren.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Suffolk County Council's cabinet arrived at Elstree today - the home of the Star Wars franchise.

The day after county councillors discussed cutting millions from the authority’s budget over the next two years, its cabinet members are on a £4,000 training course at the world famous Elstree studios.

Nick Alexander, who died in the Bataclan massacre, in Paris, France. Photo: Foreign & Commonwealth Office/PA Wire.

The parents of Essex man Nick Alexander, killed in the Paris terror attacks two weeks’ ago, have released a statement ahead of a memorial service taking place in the French capital today.

Ben Gummer and Mark Pendlington at Ipswich rail station.

Campaigners seeking to improve rail services between East Anglia and London have insisted that the new report into infrastructure is good for the region – because it makes little reference to the route.

Museum bosses have gone back to the drawing board following their lottery bid rejection.

Hopes of a multi-million-pound lottery windfall for Ipswich Museum have been dashed – forcing borough chiefs to reconsider the ambitious £23m project to transform the High Street campus.

Colchester town centre

Two sisters have been jailed for the theft of a purse from a woman, 89, in Colchester.

Annual general meeting of the Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum. Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore with temporary Chief Constable, Gareth Wilson, and Drena Black, chairman of the forum. Start of the White Ribbon campaign in the Lowestoft area.    Picture: James Bass

Suffolk’s head of policing joined the county’s top ranking officer in denouncing violence against women.

Cannabis was found at Ipswich house

An illegal immigrant is facing a jail term after police found nearly 400 plants and seedlings at a cannabis factory set up in an east Ipswich house.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Rail services running through Bury St Edmunds face delays of up to 25 minutes or cancellation due to a train fault.

John Hobson, 65, of Mill Road in Colchester, who died following the crash

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in west Suffolk, has paid tribute to her “one true love”.

Alison Wheeler and Tony Brown.

Suffolk’s libraries are facing budget cuts of more than 11% over the next two years – but their chairman has pledged that no branches will be closed.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24