Pioneer of Stockton Group Passes Away
The Stockton Group (STK), a leader in the development manufacturing and marketing of plant extract based biopesticides, with great sorrow announces the death of Peter Tirosh, founder of the Stockton Group, who passed away last Friday, February 19, 2016, after a short illness.
“Peter was an incredible human being, a special kind of person who put his needs aside in service to another. He was not only the founder and leader of Stockton, but he was like the father and big brother of those who worked with him,” explained Guy Elitzur, CEO of the Stockton Group. “Peter’s passing has left a deep hole in the hearts of all who have known him and those who have had the pleasure of working with him. Stockton was his second family and his spirit will forever guide us as Stockton continues to advance in Peter’s vision for a greener tomorrow.”
Peter had been in the crop protection business throughout the whole of his professional career. He began his career in 1970 when he took a position on a UN FAO project in Central America. He then continued with a 23 year career at Makhteshim Agan (from 1972 until 1994).
In 1994, Peter left Makhteshim Agan and founded AGRIMOR, which later evolved into the Stockton business. In the first years, Peter worked alone and developed a successful trading company. Later on, hand-in-hand with his son, Ziv Tirosh, who served as Stockton’s CEO until 31.12.2015, the business evolved into Stockton Group (Stockton), a company which specializes in the development, manufacturing and marketing of plant extract based bio-pesticides.
Peter worked tirelessly for our industry. He was dedicated to the land and agriculture, while also investing substantial time, energy and money towards research of biological plant protection and production. He cared about helping to turn the planet green, one plant at a time, in order to create healthier produce for the next generation.
The funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2 pm in Kibbutz Sdot Yam.
Peter was born in 1940 in Kazakhstan, to Polish Jews who escaped the Nazi invasion. He spent his first years migrating and in refugee camps. He lost his father and a young brother during the war. He arrived to the recently founded State of Israel in 1949, where he lived in Kibbutz Sdot Yam and he later served as an officer in the Elite Paratroopers Unit. Peter continued to a 45 year career in the global crop protection industry, with 22 years at Makhteshim-Agan (Adama) and 21 years at Stockton.
Peter who resided in Netanya, Israel and in Miami, FL. He is survived by his partner Rachel Levy, son Ziv Tirosh, daughter Zohar Tirosh-Polk and his five grandchildren.
On behalf of his family, friends and the Stockton Group, we thank you for your condolences.