Memorial bench pays tribute to past employee

Memorial bench pays tribute to past employee

Two employees Krzysztof Scislowski and Tom Watkins, have recently created a memorial bench for a previous employee, Dean Yarrow using pallets.

Earlier this year, we were notified of a fatal car accident on the A165 near Bridlington, which involved Dean, his wife and toddler Henry. Dean and his wife sadly died at the scene while their son was treated for minor injuries.

Dean was a well-loved hard-working member of the Johnsons team for 3 years from 2016-2019 and was Deputy Manager at our Whixley site, working closely with Krzysztof and Tom.

Krzystof and Tom are some of many Johnsons employees with fond memories of Dean and specifically remember him eating his lunch sat on nursery pallets which inspired their pallet bench memorial idea.

Deputy Cattal Manager, Tom Watkins said:

"Dean was an unforgettable character; his knowledge and passion for plants were inspiring to me when working with him.

His ability to always make me laugh both in and outside of work was everything you needed in a good friend.

This bubbly persona definitely shines through in his son, Henry, who is also a likeness of his mother in that sense. The memorial bench Krzysztof made is a great place for others to share the memory of Dean."

Whixley site Manager Krzysztof, said: "

Dean was a helpful, funny, loved friend not only at work but also after. He always had a smile and was ready to help

and such will stay in my memory, a lot of the things we did together at Whixley will remind me of him."

Group Managing Director, Graham Richardson added: "Dean was a genuinely likeable character who was a valued colleague at Roecliffe, Whixley and in the business generally.

There is little we can do to ‘soften’ the impact of this tragic accident – memories are all we have and our memorial bench is a fitting tribute."


Posted 9th Aug 2:33pm