Mitchell & Cooper Left Deeply Saddened by Death of Bonzer Lead Can Opener Technician

The team at family-run barware and kitchen equipment manufacturers, Mitchell & Cooper, have been left shocked and saddened by the loss of Elliot Eastwood who tragically and suddenly passed-away on Monday (25th) January.

Long-term staff member Elliot tragically passed-away leaving colleagues in shock at the Uckfield factory as only Monday morning he had opened up and worked as usual.

Elliot died at just 46 years old, leaving behind his loving partner Vanessa, who he met at Mitchell & Cooper.

Having worked for Mitchell & Cooper for 25 years, Elliot was a very much valued member of the family business – always the first person to arrive and the last to lock-up.

Elliot joined the company at the age of 21 as a junior technician and continued to evolve his skills, working hard to become a respected and talented Senior Cell Leader specialising in manufacturing the hugely popular range of Bonzer benchtop can openers.

He lived a stone’s throw from the factory and if any alarms were to ever sound, he was the first on site with the keys to make sure everyone was safe.

Elliot absolutely loved music, a Super fan of Iron Maiden, his passion for cooking often included too many hot chillies for the usual pallet to handle and he had a quirky hobby of collecting traditional barber shaving brushes and razors sets! 

He is described by Director Kat Cooper as “incredibly loyal and one of the hardest workers in the company and probably hand-built most of the Bonzer Can Openers out there in professional kitchens today”, “a true gent” and will be sadly missed as a colleague and friend.

Kat’s brother and Co-Director, Guy Cooper concluded

“We are all very much in shock and saddened by the news of Elliot’s passing.  He was one of the most long-standing team members and his commitment, passion and care for the Bonzer product range shone through every day.  We will always remember him singing along to the radio while working and he will be truly missed.”