Fond memories of former Nor-Cargo managing director Michael Stamford who has died

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 May 2017

THE former managing director of a major shipping firm has been remembered as a well-respected man who lived his life to the full.

Michael Stamford sadly passed away at the age of 85 after suffering a fall at his home on Pelham Road in Grimsby.

The ex-boss of Nor-Cargo in Grimsby, Michael was a major cog in the area's transport and logistics industry for decades.

"People have been stopping me in the street. He was a nice person and everyone has got a nice word to say about him," his nephew, Tony Stamford, 56, said.

"He's helped an amazing number of people and he always gave opportunities. He was a very stable character and was a great believer in people. He trusted people and spent a lot of time to help develop them."

Michael was born in Alexandria, Egypt on March 17, 1932 to parents Leonard and Joan Steinthal; his father had moved over there for his work as an insurance broker.

Brought up alongside his brother Robin, Michael was educated at Moffats boarding school in Shropshire, before moving to Tonbridge School in Kent. This is where his love for rowing and sailing started.

His father wanted him to study accountancy but the idea of working in an office was one Michael could not accept.

He instead found work with his friend on London Docks as a stevedore, loading and unloading cargo onto the ships.

"He and his friends from school had wanderlust. They had both been born abroad and they wanted to advance," Tony said.

So Michael seized the opportunity to work with his friend in the shipping offices for Best & Co in Madras, India in 1954 and he lived there for around 12 years.

As communism started to grow in India during the 1960s, Michael decided to return home to England and teamed up with his brother Robin to work in the family's timber company.

But Michael wanted to get back into shipping and secured employment as a general manager at Tor Line in 1967.

He lived along the seafront at Cleethorpes for a while, before finding a suitable flat on Pelham Road in Grimsby. It was to be his home for the next 50 years.

"It is the longest time any member of the family has stayed in one house," Tony said.

"It was just the right size for a bachelor home and he could walk everywhere he wanted to go. Everyone knew him."

After some years at Tor Line, Michael joined Nor-Cargo and went on to become managing director of the company, before retiring at the age of 65.

Away from work, Michael loved to combine his passion for travelling and heraldry, often meeting up with long lost relatives located all over the world.

"He had a love of this area because of the water and the sea but he had a deep rooted feeling that people, particularly of his generation, could have done more to keep Grimsby going," Tony added.

"I spoke with the vicar at Grimsby Minster for about half an hour about the funeral arrangements. He told me he was going to miss a friend."

Michael passed away on April 23 at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

A private funeral service for family only will take place at Grimsby Crematorium today at 11.40am and a memorial service will take place at Grimsby Minster on Friday, June 23 at 2pm.



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