Tributes paid to 'a perfect gentleman'

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Peter Budwin, the former chairman of the Confederation of Guernsey Industry, who died on Saturday after a long illness.

Mr Budwin, pictured, moved to the island with his wife Carol Goodwin in 1994. The couple became well known and were highly regarded on the business circuit in the island.

'He was affectionately known as Mr CGi,' said Larry Granger, a successor of Mr Budwin as director and chairman of the business organisation.

'Peter was the perfect gentleman and always ready to help if help was needed.

'I have known him since 2008 when he offered me the job as director of the CGi and he continued to be my mentor in that role. He was instrumental in the establishment of the CGi and was always there for me.'

Mr Budwin was born in Canada. With a degree in business administration, he spent much of his early career in banking and then branched out into marketing, followed by management recruitment for the finance sector.

He moved to Europe in his mid-40s and then to Guernsey with his wife in 1994.

Mr Budwin's service with the CGi coincided with its establishment in 2002 as successor to the manufacturing and exporting organisation G-Mex. First he held the role of director before taking over as chairman in 2008.

He completed his three-year term of office in 2011 but remained on the association's committee.

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