Bailey owner Stephen Howard dies

British caravan and motorhome giant Bailey of Bristol has announced the death of its owner, Stephen Howard, aged 81. Stephen was invited to join Bailey in 1977 by his brother Patrick, who was managing director at the time, and the brothers purchased the business shortly afterwards.

A fully qualified Civil Engineer by profession, Stephen became technical director and was part of a formidable operations Mmanagement team at Bailey, which also included Ceri Davies (production director) and Nigel Mattfield (purchasing director). Under the stewardship of the two Howard brothers the company grew to become the household name it is today and helped establish Bailey as the UKs favourite leisure vehicle brand.

Stephens’ two eldest sons, first Nick and then Simon both joined the business in the 1990s and eventually took over the running of the company. Stephen remained a company Director until very recently and continued to show a keen interest in all things Bailey.

Stephen would have been 82 this week. He was a much-loved Husband to Valerie (his wife of 60 years); Father to Simon, Nick & Robert; Grandad to Juliet, Matthew, Henry, Tamsin, Alfie, Benjamin, Georgina, Evelyn, Megan and Huw plus, of course, best friend to Berkeley the family Labrador.