TRIBUTES have been paid to JCT600 founder Jack Tordoff OBE following the Bradford business legend’s sad death on Sunday, aged 86.

Mr Tordoff, born and bred in Bradford, joined his father’s workshop and petrol station aged 15 and in his early 20s took over the business and turned it into a car dealership.

JCT600 was born, and since then it has grown into one of the UK’s biggest car dealerships, bringing the world’s top car makers to market.

He never forgot his roots and business ethos, with the company still based in Bradford – at Apperley Bridge – and JCT600 still very much a family firm, with his son John the company’s chief executive.

His death following a long illness at the weekend has brought an outpouring of condolence and good wishes from the people of Bradford.

He is remembered for building a successful company in the city and his close ties with Bradford City, saving the club from administration in the 1980s.

The Telegraph & Argus set up a book of condolence on Monday, with members of the public invited to leave their tributes to Jack Tordoff, and here are some of the messages left to the great man.

Your messages of condolence

Andrew Hillas said: “A true Bradfordian who made good my condolences to all his family.”

Pete Hepworth said: “What a great supporter and promoter to the City of Bradford.

“A man proud of his roots and proud to shout it from the roof tops. The support both financially and his time in helping the sporting clubs in the city are unmatched.

“He deserves a big send off and a mighty thank you from the people of the city. Thank you Jack, you will be sorely missed.”

Paul Donnelly added: “God Bless you Jack, I’ve known you since I was a 15 year old apprentice panel beater at Higgins and Son, you have done so much for Bradford City and Bradford in general, you will never be forgotten.”

Christine Cockcroft said: “My condolences to Jack Tordoff’s family, having [never] forgotten when he set up a trust fund for my nieces and nephews when their parents were killed in 1970 by a motorist. A very thoughtful man.”

And Adam Morritt added: “Looked after Jack while he was in our care, what an inspirational man.

“Always loved his stories, he’s had such a fascinating and busy life, telling me he only used to sleep a few hours a night in his younger days!

“Would have been nice to know Jack in his younger days. What a true gent he was, goodnight Jack may you rest easy.”