Henry Strzelecki, who died on Boxing Day aged 87, was known universally as "Mr. Henri". Born in Poland, he became as English as the next man in his adopted city of Manchester. Entering a partnership with Angus Lloyd in 1963 to form Henri-Lloyd Limited, who developed many, now standard, sailing gear features.
Those who wear his clothing today will respect the innovations he inspired from the hand-taping of the seams to prevent leakage to the development of non-corrosive nylon zips with the Swiss firm of Riri; and for personal safety, the inclusion of integrated harnesses that have saved many lives.
Henry Strzelecki, born 4th October 1925, died 26th December 2012 pre-deceased by his wife Sheila (d 1999), is survived by two sons, Paul and Martin, (the joint chief executives of Henri-Lloyd Limited) and a daughter, Diane, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
29 December 2012 14:47 GMT