Board Converting News, March 15, 2021

Michael D. Brunton (CONT’D FROM PAGE 28)


We are all stronger for his behind-the-scenes omnipo- tence and we will greatly miss his wisdom and guidance.” “Although I hade the pleasure of meeting Mike only once at the corrugated show in Paris in 2002, his passion for excellence, generosity and genuine concern for others has remained with me,” said Len Prazych, Editor-in-Chief of Board Converting News . Other Pursuits Over the years, Michael’s passion for excellence was most evident in other parts of his life outside the packag- ing world. Whether it was helping arrange a summer Ball to raise money for the local church or his boys’ prep school, or hosting people in his home, Michael was never happier than when he had a glass of wine in one hand…and of course a Silk Cut in the other! He made people laugh, he made them comfortable and at ease – a rare skill indeed. With his magazine called Clay Shooting , he and his younger son, Ben, took the sport to the next level, ar- ranging shooting competitions in the UK, Belgium, Russia and the U.S.A., the likes of which have never really been


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matched since. Crowning glory, though, was when Ben won the World FITASC Championships in 1998. He was so proud of what his son had achieved and took great delight in reporting it. Closer to home, his work within the Parishes of Alling- ton and Boscombe, tirelessly fundraising for the develop- ment of a wonderful new village hall, saw him awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honors in 2020. His meticulous planning, negotiating skills and pursuit of excellence saw the community in which he and Fiona lived benefit from many wonderful summer events, band nights, BBQs and Bonfire celebrations, raising so CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 Mike Brunton was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honors in 2020.


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