Frank Golding, who will be remembered by the vending industry as one of the founders’ of Mechshop, has died aged 76

Frank was born in 1937. Doing his National Service in Germany as a radar operator, this inspired a love of aircraft and technology.

After this he worked at Croydon and Biggin Hill airports’, repairing and fitting aircraft radios. He also worked at BBC TV Centre then Plessey in charge of installing new radar systems to airports at home and abroad.

He was married to Elizabeth for 51 years and had twin daughters – Sarah and Danielle.

In 1976, his twins gave their names to a new business venture – Saradan Electronic Services, one of the first service companies for Mars Money Systems (now MEI UK), servicing the first ever Cashflow Series Coin Mechanisms.

In 1981 Saradan Electronic Services was awarded Approved Service Status by Mars Money Systems. In 1989, Mechshop was formed, the amalgamation of Saradan Electronic Services and Vend Support Services.

Frank retired in 2009.

His greatest delights were to Paraglide cycle & roller skate.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2013 and died on 26th November 2013 at St Barnabas House Hospice.

Frank was cremated on 10th December 2013, and following his wishes there was no funeral service.

Donations in his memory can be sent to the Hospice: St Barnabas House Hospice, St Barnabas House, Titnore Lane, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 6NZ.