James Smith 1925 – 2013

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Pictured at last year’s FPS Expo in Harrogate, James Smith with wife Anne and Kevin Kennerley, NWF Fuels
Well-known to many in the fuel oil distribution industry, James Smith started Fuel Oil News back in 1977.  A journalist with family roots in the energy industry, having started Knutsford Oil, he spotted a gap in the industry’s communication channel giving rise to a trade magazine which, in November this year, will have been published every month for 36 years.
The funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Thursday 7th February at St Mary’s Church in Rostherne, Cheshire.  Anyone wishing to attend and/or wanting further information should contact Fuel Oil News editor Jane Hughes on 01565 653283 or by email at
An article exploring James Smith’s contribution to the fuel oil distribution industry will be published in the April issue of Fuel Oil News.
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