Woodbury’s Peter Thornton, of the chocolate dynasty, has died.
PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 June 2018
A businessman from Woodbury who devoted much of his life to his family’s world-famous chocolate dynasty has died aged 85.
Peter Thornton (right), who was part of the Thornton Chocolate firm for nearly 40 years, died at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital following a short battle with cancer.
Peter studied ‘chocolate and sugar confectionary’ at the Borough Polytechnic in London and was formally taken on by JW Thornton Ltd in July 1953.
He had a long and distinguished career with company, until it became Thorntons PLC, on flotation, in 1988.
Peter decided to pursue his own business interests and also qualified as a helicopter pilot.