Stephen Ort, previously a regular contributor to British Baker, died recently after a long illness.

Originally involved in the family business in Leighton Buzzard, he contributed to a regular column to BB upon the retirement of his father, George.

Involved in the practical side of the baking trade he was a long-standing board member for the London Bulk Buying Association. He studied for a National Diploma of Baking at the National Bakery School, then the Borough Polytechnic, before gaining experience in bakeries throughout the UK and Australia.

He helped spearhead the enlargement of the family business, the detail of which often featured in his articles in BB. Upon the closure of the business, he tried various facets of the bakery trade before buying and running a hotel in the Lake District with his wife.

In addition to his wife, he leaves four adult children and close to a baker’s dozen of grandchildren.