Barry Oakley, brother of Oakley Coachbuilders founder Brian, has died aged 70.

Barry joined his brother Brian at the horsebox manufacturers after an apprenticeship as an engineer with the De Havilland Aircraft Company.

During his 50 years at Oakley he helped to build the Hertfordshire-based company into a multi-million pound concern.

He passed away on 24 January at his home in Ware, after battling with illness for the last six years.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (4 February, ’10)