The Warburton family has announced with great sadness that Tom Warburton, from the fourth generation of the family business, passed away on Monday 21 September 2009, aged 83.

Tom, the father of current executive director Ross Warburton, had a long-standing illness, and passed away peacefully, leaving behind his wife Joyce and son Ross.

Along with his cousin Derrick and George, who both passed away earlier this year, and his cousin Henry, Tom played a key role in the business as co-chairman during the 1970s and ’80s, until the fourth generation jointly retired in 1988.

The family said "his entrepreneurial spirit and drive helped lay the foundations for the existing bread business".