9 March 2001

JCB founder dies at 84

JOSEPH Cyril Bamford, founder of the JC Bamford Excavator group of companies, and the man whose initials have become a dictionary definition for a mechanical digger, has died aged 84.

From humble beginnings, Mr Bamford progressed his engineering business to produce the first of his backhoe loaders. These became the foundation of the companys fortunes. JCB now has 4500 employees and in 1999 had sales of £833m.

Mr Bamford is succeeded by his wife Majorie and two sons, Sir Anthony, who is the company chairman, and Mark. &#42