Warwickshire World has reported the death of Jeffry Bernhard at the age of 100.
Jeffrey is perhaps best known for Bernhard Landscapes, Bernhard Nurseries and Bernhards Garden Centre in Rugby.
Son Stephen paid tribute to his father in Warwickshire World, saying he was a ‘mover and shaker in the horticultural industry’. He stated: “Jeff lived a full life and was thinking and planning to the very end. Having achieved one final milestone in his remarkable time with us, his 100th birthday on August 7th, he passed away quietly in his sleep and is resting peacefully at last.”
The tribute continued, Jeffrey leaves behind an extraordinary legacy in the wider Horticultural industry. Many well-known industry bodies including HTA, GCA, IGCA, BALI, BGL and ELCA have been significantly influenced by his energetic contributions, his vision and determination.
Other organisations have also benefited from his engagement, enthusiasm, and leadership. These include Round Table, Rotary, Masonic Lodge and The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, a renowned City Livery Company. He was recognised for his significant influence in the horticultural industry, being awarded an OBE by the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The full obituary may be read here: - OBITUARY: Much-respected pioneer of UK’s Horticultural Industry Jeffrey Bernhard OBE dies peacefully aged 100 (warwickshireworld.com)