The 52-year-old suffered a stroke in July 2013, though his health had seemed to be improving in recent weeks, leaving the company shocked at his passing.
Hawbrook had more than 30 years’ experience working in the hospitality trade. He established abv Training in September 2001, focusing on developing and teaching others in the industry. He placed a great deal of importance on supporting local businesses and young people, playing an important role in the local Young Enterprise initiative.
His career in the industry began with a hotel and catering management degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1984. Hawbrook started work as a pub restaurant manager in Cheshire before joining Boddingtons as a catering franchise manager and then advancing to be a food and beverage development manager.
He also spent time working for Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries as brand and regional sales manager and then as group manpower development manager.
Chief executive at abv Training Frazer Grant, who had worked with Hawbrook for nearly 10 years, said: “Personally I have lost a friend and mentor. Dave’s passion for hospitality and service were unequalled within the industry. As a company I feel it is our responsibility to continue working and building to the same ethos.
“I have been humbled by the support from colleagues, clients and friends and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of the Hawbrook family and all at abv Training.”
Hawbrook was a keen cricket fan, loving nothing more than to watch a game in his free time. He served as secretary of Stone SP Cricket Club.
He leaves behind his wife Cath, three children, Ellie, Beckie and George, and grandson Caleb.