Tributes are paid today for Diana Truman, who was executive secretary of the Pet Product Retail Association as well as a key member within other sections of The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA).
Alan Hawkins, bira CEO commented:
“Her work running the Home Decoration Retailers Association made her BIRA’s longest serving employee, when her time with HDRA and its predecessor the Paint and Wallpaper Trade Association is added.
“Her enthusiasm and can-do attitude meant that it was natural that she stepped up to be secretary of both the BHF and PPRA divisions. BHF was a natural progression from her HDRA experience but she soon discovered and developed her skills in the pet industry. This followed from her love of animals and particularly her beloved cats and her horse Squirrel, who she rode until both their riding days were over. No problem for ‘Squidge’ who was visited daily, just as a loved pet would be.”
Alan Hawkins told of how hard Diana worked, even when the cancer took hold: “Her work in charge of the branches, which bought her into day to day contact with members, was where she probably found her most rewarding role. Often working all day and going to branch meetings in the evening and even sometimes standing in for the non-appearance of a previously booked speaker.
“She never complained and remained her smiley and effervescent self, right to the end, only ceasing to come to work when she had no alternative.
“A true BIRA star who will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.”
Mourners have been asked to consider making a donation to St Giles Hospice Walsall, where Diana spent her last days.