Chocolatier who invented much-loved stocking fillers Walkers Chocolates and toured the world in search of the best sweets dies aged 83
- Bob Walker established Walkers Chocolates in 1977 at his Birmingham factory
- The brand supplies confectionery including chocolates, truffles and Easter eggs
- Living by the motto ‘smile, be happy’, he dedicated his life to his chocolate boxes
Chocolatier and inventor of Walkers Chocolates Bob Walker has died aged 83.
His chocolate boxes have been a much-loved stocking filler since the brand was created in 1977.
Walkers supply a wide range of chocolate and confectionery including filled chocolates, truffles, chocolate bars and Easter eggs.
Mr Walker’s partner Johanna Laurie said: ‘His motto was “smile, be happy”, so it’s hardly surprising that he put an uplifting saying into every box of chocolates.’
Bob Walker’s chocolate boxes have been a much-loved stocking filler since the brand was created in 1977
She added that he never ate chocolate, instead he sampled it ‘like a sommelier’.
The pair met in 1984 on a blind date with her boss at the time.
She said: ‘We’d gone on a double blind date with my boss at the fashion store where I worked. She wanted Bob for herself, but as he ended up with me, she sacked me!
‘Bob and I quickly grew close, I helped him with his work and we travelled everywhere together. He was a real people person, well-liked and respected. He loved entertaining and was always cheerful, even during difficult times.’
Mr Walker’s family bought a sweet shop in Addiscombe, South London, when he was young, and after his father died he took over the management of the store.
In 1977 Mr Walker bought an old factory in Birmingham and established Walkers Chocolates
Realising he had a talent for business, he went on to buy a sweet shop in Sevenoaks, Kent, with his then wife Patricia.
Business grew and he bought two more confectionery shops in Orpington and Penge.
In search of the best sweets around the world he travelled globally and important confectionery from Italy and Isreal.
In 1977 he bought an old factory in Birmingham and established Walkers Chocolates.
After retiring seven years ago, the business went under new management.
Ms Laurie added: ‘For those he leaves behind, including his five grandchildren, life will be empty without this lovely, larger-than-life man.’
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