Stafford passed away peacefully on the 26th March 2015 following a fight against kidney cancer over the last 15 months.
Having worked in the building trade, Stafford opened All in One Garden and Leisure in Middleton, Manchester, in 1971 with his then wife Beryl. The centre was one of the country's first purpose-built retail garden centres.
He retired from daily duties in the business in 2008 but remained as chairman of the board of the garden centre, which has branches in Middleton and Knutsford.
He was a former chairman of the GCA and regularly supported the association at the regional, national and international level.
The funeral was held on Tuesday 7 April at Rochdale Crematorium.