ONE of the last surviving members of the Letts diary dynasty has died suddenly at the age of 49.
Charles Letts, who was sales manager of the Dalkeith-based stationery firm Letts Filofax, collapsed after a cross-country run.
Chief executive Gordon Presly said: “Our hearts go out to Rosie, his wife, and children Emily, Harry and Louisa.
“This whole situation is almost too tragic and heartbreaking to try and put into words.
“Charles was an immensely popular and likeable individual with many close friends and acquaintances.
“He was a dedicated and hard working professional manager whose affable and gregarious demeanour appealed to everyone he met.
“He will be hugely missed by his family, his friends and all his work-related associates.”
The company has asked that the family’s privacy is respected at this “hugely sensitive time”.
He was the last remaining member of the Letts family still working in the company which originally began trading in 1796 and created the world’s first commercial diary in 1812.
FLB manufactures over 15 million diaries a year and exports to over 75 countries around the world.
A post mortem will be held to establish the cause of death.