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Sad loss: TJX’s Louise Talbot passes away

Louise Talbot, buyer for TK Maxx (TJX Europe) died of cancer last week (Tuesday February 9). She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and given the ‘all clear’ a year later, but sadly the disease returned in 2018.

Renowned for her enthusiasm, positive energy and creativity, Louise was passionate about developing housewares and home products and loved what she regarded as her dream job. Courageously strong, and with a dedication to her company and colleagues, Louise continued to work throughout her illness, with a passion to make a difference in her industry. She is known for shaping up today’s ceramics industry and, using her unique eye for design, creating beautiful homewares.

A family lady, Louise worked hard to give her family the very best in life. She leaves behind her husband Rob and her three sons: Max, Todd and Fin, who she adored and was incredibly proud of. Louise loved to travel and enjoyed all sorts of family activities on many fabulous holidays. She also like to share a glass of fizz or two, and will be remembered for her sense of humour and camaraderie.

Louise spent her finals weeks in Dougie Macc Hospice and, typically thinking of others, she raised over £12,000 in support to the hospice.

“Louise is a true legend; she was a ray of sunshine who brightened the darkest of days,” reflects Jenny Stewart, commercial director of Ultimate Products, who met Louise in 2011 as her account manager on the TJX account. Jenny is proud to have developed a strong professional friendship over the year, and latterly a friendship outside of work. She continues: “Louise was a real inspiration to many; the housewares industry has lost a real diamond. I doubt I will ever meet anyone like her again. My condolences go to her family who she adored and was so proud of.

“The team here at UP are saddened to hear the news and all send their deepest of sympathy to her family and loved ones. God bless you Louise.”

Another industry tribute comes from Dartington Crystal’s head of business development Lady Sally Svensson: “Louise was a true professional; bubbly, funny, with always a story to tell and great to work with.  Our relationship goes back many years; she will be remembered always and truly missed.  Our thoughts are with her family.”

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Top: Louise Talbot pictured with her husband Rob and sons Max, Todd and Fin.

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