Philips to take carriage to final resting place
8 December 2005, EINDHOVEN - Frits Philips, the last of the famous family to run the electronics giant, will be laid to rest on Monday.
8 December 2005
EINDHOVEN - Frits Philips, the last of the famous family to run the electronics giant, will be laid to rest on Monday.
He will be taken from the Eindhoven music theatre named after him in a carriage drawn by four horses to his final resting place, the Oude Toren cemetery.
The Muziekcentrum Frits Philips will host a farewell festival for family and guests. The Philips Symphony Orchestra will play and speakers will include the former Philips top man’s grandson, Frits Philips, current president of the light bulbs-to-medical-scanners multinational Gerard Kleisterlee, and the mayor of Eindhoven.
Frits, who died last on Monday aged 100, was the nephew of Gerard Philips who established the electronics concern.
He joined the company in 1930 and became president in 1935, guiding it through the difficult Occupation and post-war years. He led the company again between 1961 and 1971 and oversaw its huge international expansion.
All Philips employees in the Netherlands will be given time off between 12 and 2pm on Monday to pay their respects.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news