We are extremely sad to announce the death of one of our founder directors, Eddie Moss aged 86 on January 2, 2014, following an extended stay in hospital.
Eddie started in the amusement and gaming machine industry back in the 1960s when he was a pioneering operator in Leeds. Following this, he set up Tic Tac Toe, a distribution company, which specialized in fruit machine sales and introduced NSM jukeboxes to the UK. During this time, Eddie also spent 15 years on the ATA Northern Section Committee – the forerunner to BACTA.
Whilst running Tic Tac Toe, Alan Black approached Eddie with an idea to manufacture British jukeboxes. Eddie recognized the potential of the plan and provided the financing to set up Sound Leisure, in return for a half share in the business. The pair remained lifelong friends and never exchanged a cross word in 37 years of business together – they even share a birthday.
Eddie retained an office at Sound Leisure from the start and was often to be found at his desk with his beloved dogs. His last visit to the office was in October where all the staff adored him.
“Eddie was like an uncle to Mike, myself and my kids and like a brother to my Father, we all often went away together on holiday and have some wonderful memories, Eddie was a true gentleman and even though this is not unexpected, the loss of Eddie is devastating to us all,” says Chris Black.
In his latter years, Eddie’s love of travel was legendary and he and his wife Irene would spend several months abroad every year. In addition to Irene, he leaves a son Kevin, grand daughters Sarah and Caroline and great-grandchildren Poppy and Tyler.
Along with his family and his work, Eddie’s other great passion was Rugby League. He was made the Leeds Rhinos Club Patron in 2000 having been a long time supporter and a founder member of the Taverners club in 1965.