Sweets boss, 80, who died after being hit by tree left £1.8mil fortune

Sweets boss, 80, who died after being hit by a tree-trunk while gardening in strong winds left a £1.8million fortune

  • Klaus Perch-Nielsen was tending trees when part of another trunk struck him
  • The grandfather, 80, died after the incident in Lentran near Inverness in March
  • He is survived by his wife, Lynda, a son, two daughters and his grandchildren
  • The will of the director of Lees of Scotland showed an estate worth £1,806,670

The boss of an iconic confectionery business who died after being hit by a tree in a horror accident left a £1.8 million fortune.

Klaus Perch-Nielsen, director of Macaroon and Snowball giant Lees of Scotland, passed away at his home in the Highlands.

The 80-year-old was tending trees when part of another trunk struck him on the head during strong winds.

Klaus Perch-Nielsen, director of Macaroon and Snowball giant Lees of Scotland, passed away at his home in the Highlands in March

The grandfather, a board member of the Coatbridge-based confectionery firm, died after the incident in Lentran near Inverness in March.

He is survived by his wife, Lynda, a son, two daughters and his grandchildren.

His will has now revealed he had an estate worth £1,806,670.

The bulk of his wealth was made up of an investments portfolio that included £762,000 of Lees shares, £28,000 in drinks company Fever Tree, and more than £380,000 of shares in Young & Co brewery.

Mr Perch-Nielsen also had a collection of shotguns worth £36,000 and a Range Rover valued at £5,000.

Klaus Perch-Nielsen, director of Macaroon and Snowball giant Lees of Scotland (pictured left) inspecting Wagonga Estuary oyster farms in Wagonga, New South Wales, in Australia


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Mrs Perch-Nielsen, who has inherited the estate, had earlier paid tribute to her husband.

She said: ‘He was a wonderful father and a wonderful husband, he was an extraordinary man.

‘He was a friend to everyone whose life he touched, he was immediately their friend no matter who they were.

‘He was as happy talking to the man who came to clear the drains as he would be with Lord Lovat. That was very Danish of him. We had a wonderful life.’

Lees chief executive Clive Miquel also paid tribute to his colleague.

He said: ‘It has come as such a shock. I was only speaking to him about a couple of business matters that morning.

‘He was so fit and healthy, and still had much to offer the company.. He was a regular attender at board meetings and had a huge enthusiasm for Lees.

‘Just last year he took great delight in showing his grandchildren round the factory.

Klaus Perch-Nielsen’s took great joy in taking his grandchildren round the sweet factory and his favourite thing to eat was the Macaroon bar which Lees is well known for

‘And for his journey back up the road to Inverness in his trusty Range Rover, he would regularly buy our confectionery to eat on the way.

‘His favourite was the Macaroon bar. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with Lynda and the entire family.’

In a varied career, Mr Perch-Nielsen was the part founder of Moray Firth Maltings, an investor in olive grows in Victoria, a farm in New South Wales and a Tasmanian vineyard.

He was born in 1937 in Denmark where after national service in the Danish Royal Guard Regiment moved to the UK in the early 1960s.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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