RIP Danny Mitchell

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DAANNYMITCHELL, Allan Daniel “Danny” Late of Bribie Island, formerly of Brighton and Deagon. Passed away surrounded by his Family, 15th November, 2015. Aged 65 Years Beloved Husband of Sue. Much loved Father of Lisa and Meaghan, and adored Poppy of Annalyse. Cherished Son of Allen (dec’d) and Dulcie and loved Brother of Steven. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend DANNY’S Funeral Service which is appointed to be held at the Churches of Christ Church, 42 Foley Street, Bongaree, Thursday, 19th November, 2015, commencing at 2.00 p. m. . No flowers by Family request, donations to the Qld Cancer Fundwould be greatly appreciated. Donation envelopes will be available at the Service.

Afterwards at Bribie Bowls Club, Welsby Parade, Bongaree QLD 4507
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TRIBUTE FROM PHIL THORNCRAFT, A LONG TIME FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE OF DANNY MITCHELL

DANNY MITCHELL

Danny Mitchell loved being a manager and had a knack of employing good people. He employed me so my point is salient if not a little vain.

Danny and I became Campbell Brothers colleagues in May 1994 and worked closely together until December 2008 and I loved the whole experience of working with a doyen of the chemical industry (Danny would blanch if he read that).

Danny was passionate about the laundry chemical industry and loved to win new business. Danny took the fledgling Campbell Brothers industrial chemical laundry department and created unprecedented growth for the company in this sector. He achieved this by having a focused team of technical representatives who were not distracted by servicing dishwashing or housekeeping accounts or even small on premise laundries.

This group manifested into the Cleantec Laundry Systems team that consisted of highly talented and qualified personnel that focused on large laundry operations providing skills in chemistry, engineering and laboratory support that this vital industry deserved. It was entirely Danny Mitchell’s vision and tenacity that made this team a success in Queensland which then spread across the nation.

Don’t get me wrong. Danny was not your fierce professional manager, he was funny and cared deeply about the wellbeing of his team. He was respected by everyone who worked for him and by the Campbell Brothers organisation. This kind of empathy is what makes a wonderful manager.

Danny was a great communicator and spent hours on the phone to his colleagues giving support and sage advice when it was needed the most. This may have stemmed from his training in the Navy where he excelled as a signalman. The military discipline imparted to Danny in his early years gave him the skills he needed to handle tough situations and also taught him to touch type!

Danny loved Frank Sinatra! I well remember our tireless team conducting an all-night chemical installation at Lismore and by 2:00am the lads were showing fatigue. The next thing, Danny backed his car into a close proximity of the work area and we were assailed with Frank blasting out “New York, New York” and a string of other classics. We were inspired to lift our game and finish the installation in record time.

Although Danny was nervous about flying, he racked up some impressive frequent flyer miles. This was testament to his drive to overcome personal worries to get the job done.

Danny loved bowls and discovered at his local club social that he had a talent for dancing. “Dancing Dan” we christened him and for years we didn’t let him forget this proud revelation!

Danny had a penchant for a beer and a red wine and became quite the connoisseur. There was always time for a quiet relaxing drink with his team following long days of toil.

Danny Mitchell was such a positive influence to countless souls both in and out of the laundry industry and he has left us far too early. We will all miss his warmth, his chuckle and his wit.

 

Phil Thorncraft

18th November 2015

 

 

We were very saddened to learn on Monday that Danny Mitchell has died. Thanks Kevin Moore and Grant Meadley for your messages.  Friends are leaving messages of support and remembrance on our Facebook page, and funeral arrangements are now listed above.   Thank you.

Shirley,

Not sure if you’ve heard; sad news is that Danny Mitchell passed away this weekend. He had retired and was just 65. The cancer had become more aggressive and he was in hospital for a couple of weeks. But after surgery, he didn’t get through. Very sad for all of us “ex Cleantec/Campbell Bros” and Ecolab guys, as Dan was our mate.

Just thought that I’d let you know.

Kevin Moore

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