He started his retail career in the rag trade in London. Having spent several years as retail director of Dorothy Perkins, Brian saw a unique gap in the garden centre market and in 1991 started BC Associates from his home in Newbury.
BC Associates specialised in the supply and merchandising of hand made Turkish terracotta pots. He initially started supplying a few Country Gardens sites but the familiar lorries with sequential "BCA" number plates quickly became a common site in all Country Gardens garden centres and more recently the Garden Centre Group and Wyevale as well as many independent garden centres.
Brian sadly lost his wife Patricia many years ago when their two sons Giles and Tim were twelve and eleven years old. As well as running a busy company he brought up Giles and Tim single-handed. Upon leaving school both Giles and Tim worked full time in the family business.
Away from work Brian’s great hobbies and pastimes in life were rugby and sailing. Brian was an excellent yachtsman and over the years owned several yachts including his favourite "Autumn Wasp" which he moored in Hamble and more recently "Aorangi" which he moored in Turkey and in the Mediterranean.
Brian taught Giles and Tim to sail at a very early age and they spent many family holidays and long weekends sailing both on the South Coast and abroad. Brian was a passionate rugby fan and very rarely missed watching any international match…usually in the pub amongst friends and family.
Brian was a huge character; he was very sociable, very popular and had many friends. He was a true wine connoisseur and was always the life and sole of the party. Brian was well known for hosting frequent parties at his lovely home "Dolmans" in Newbury. He was well known in all the local pubs and became
famous for initiating ‘Friday Prayers’ at his favourite pub "The Bunk Inn" which was his definition (and excuse!) to spend most Friday evenings in the pub with his friends.
Brian was a devoted father and very recently a grandfather too. He leaves behind his partner Lucy, his two sons Giles and Tim, Giles’s fiancée Janine, Tim’s wife Lizzy and his newly born grandson Freddy.
The funeral will take place on Friday 1 September at 2.30pm at Douai Abbey, Upper Woolhampton, Berkshire RG7 5TQ. All are very welcome.