Motor trade supplier boss killed by lightning

Time 9:15 am, June 3, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 10.12.29MOTOR trade supplier White Clarke Group’s chief executive officer Dara Clarke has died after being struck by lightning.

The freak accident happened on May 22 while he was hosting a charity golf match in Watford. He died three days later.

In a statement, the company – which provides asset finance to the motor trade – said: ‘Bringing with him a larger-than-life personality, Dara Clarke’s professionalism and expertise wrought a massive influence in the European finance industry.’

Clarke and business partner Ed White launched the White Clarke Group in 1992. They grew the company from start-up into a multinational technology solutions provider that operates in more than 30 countries worldwide with a staff of 500.

He went on to become an active investor in many technological start-ups, automotive service companies and specialist financial service companies under the umbrella of the group.

The funeral will take place in Ireland and a memorial service will be held in Milton Keynes. Both dates are yet to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Broomfield Hospital (Burns Department) and Herts Air Ambulance.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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