Brian Hughes has passed away

Published on: 31st October 2016

Brian passed away last week, just six months short of his 80th birthday.

Brian was born in the Ardwick area of Manchester in May 1937 and went to the Manchester Grammar school, becoming a policeman after he left school.

brian480He initially joined the toy industry in the late 1960s, working for Thomas Salter, eventually becoming the company’s sales and marketing director. In the early 1980s he joined Adam Leisure in a similar role, and then became the marketing director of D.Dekker Ltd.

He subsequently stepped up to become MD of Kingsley and Forrester, and then in 1986 became MD of Blue Box Toys, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.

Brian and his wife Helene thoroughly enjoyed their retirement, travelling extensively and dividing their time between the UK and Helene’s native Austria.

His funeral is to be held at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Langho, Blackburn at 11:45am on Thursday 3rd November. Whilst it was Brian’s wish that this was a quiet affair of family and close friends, anyone wishing to attend will be welcome.

A memorial page for Brian has been opened where anyone can leave tributes, memories, pictures or make a donation to the Cardiomyopathy Association in his memory.

Our thoughts at this sad time are very much with Helene, Brian’s son and daughter-in-law, James and Judith and his two grandsons Alexander and Nathaniel.


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