The popular toy veteran enjoyed a successful career on both the retail and supplier side.
Toy World understands that Jim Brearley passed away on Saturday night. Jim initially embarked on a retail career back in the 1960s, eventually switching to the supply side to set up his own business selling skateboard equipment in 1977. He re-entered the retail community first as toy buyer at Asda, before taking over as head buyer at Zodiac Toys in 1986. The latter part of his career saw Jim switch back to the supply side, where he built a hugely successful Far East Pre-School business, first with TSE Hong Kong and latterly Tolo Toys.
Jim was well respected professionally and also a hugely popular figure within toy social circles. He was closely involved with industry sporting events such as the Toy Trade Football and Cricket matches, and was a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club.
He will be missed by his many friends and industry colleagues. He set up a personal website with details of his life and career, which can be found here.