Tributes to fourth generation head of Hull family firm John Rix

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Aug 2017

Tributes have been paid to John Rix, who helped diversify one of Hull's most successful family-owned companies.

Mr Rix, who was 82, passed away earlier this week after a short illness.

At the time of his death he was still chairman of J R Rix and Sons Limited, although he had handed over the day-to-day running of the firm to his son, Tim.

In a statement, the family said: "The original business was founded in the 1870s by Robert Rix and John was the fourth generation of his family to join the company, which he did at the age of 16 due to his father’s ill health.

A Rix Petroleum tanker

"The business grew significantly under his stewardship and today employs over 600 people.

"While the company was originally a dry cargo shipping business, it diversified considerably under John Rix’s management and today is involved in wind farm workboats, coastal and estuarial tank barges, stevedoring and warehousing, inland and marine fuel distribution, lubricants, fuel cards, property, car sales and the manufacture of static caravans.

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"Under John’s leadership, the fuel distribution business, Rix Petroleum, developed from a single depot operation in Hull to the largest family-owned fuel distribution business in the country with depots from Aberdeen to Bristol.

"For more than 60 years John Rix instilled his strong Yorkshire values throughout the organisation where there was no detail or cost too small to escape his interest."

Throughout his life Mr Rix was a keen sailor and a staunch supporter of the Royal British Yacht Club.

He also served as president of the Driffield Agricultural Society and was recently given a lifetime achievement award by the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

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Mr Rix leaves his widow Veronica, his son Tim and daughters Sally and Lucinda.

Arrangements for his funeral service have yet to be announced.

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