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Key pays tribute to Sir Graeme Douglas

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/09/2016

Through his generosity and kindness Sir Graeme Douglas touched a great many lives, Prime Minister John Key says. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for The Department of Internal Affairs Through his generosity and kindness Sir Graeme Douglas touched a great many lives, Prime Minister John Key says. Prime Minister John Key is paying tribute to businessman and philanthropist Sir Graeme Douglas, 87, who has died.

Sir Graeme built Douglas Pharmaceuticals, which employs several hundred people, from small beginnings of a pharmacy in Te Atatu.

Staff were told of his passing away in an email from son Jeff Douglas who took over as managing director of the company in 2014, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Mr Key said Sir Graeme was great Kiwi innovator and exporter.

"I first met Sir Graeme when I became the candidate for Helensville and came to know him well as a polite, generous and insightful man.

"He was an incredibly successful businessman and generous philanthropist and many New Zealanders benefited from his vision and generosity," Mr Key says.

In 1988 he was appointed as a Member of The New Zealand Order of Merit, for his services to the New Zealand pharmaceuticals industry and he was appointed as a Knight Companion in 2010 for services to philanthropy and athletics.

Sir Graeme supported a number of important charities.

"Through his generosity and kindness he touched a great many lives," Mr Key said.

"On behalf of New Zealand I thank Sir Graeme for his wide reaching and significant contribution to New Zealand.

"My thoughts are with his wife Ngaire, his children, and his wider family at this time."

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