Tributes paid to Henri-Lloyd founder Henry Strzelecki

TRIBUTES have been paid to Henry Strzelecki, founder of the North West fashion and marine-wear brand Henri-Lloyd, who died on Boxing Day at the age of 86.

The Polish-born businessman, settled in the region after fighting the Nazis in World War 2, and after working in  textiles and marrying an English woman, founded the company in Salford in 1963 with  business partner Angus Lloyd.

The origins and heritage of the business came from sailing – one of his life-long passions.

In 1985, he was awarded the MBE for services to the clothing industry, and in both 1986 and 1987 Henri-Lloyd Limited received the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

Also in 1987, he was made Marine Personality of the Year by the Marine Trades Association.  In 1991 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Marine Industries Association and the Royal Yachting Association.

In 1993, the company re-established links with its founder’s country of birth, establishing a factory in his hometown of Brodnica.

A statement on the company’s website said: “During his lifetime Mr Henri, as he was known, left a lasting impression with many people through his humanity, good humour and passion for life.”

The business will continue to be run by his sons Martin and Paul. He is survived by his sons, a daughter Diane, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.