Bar­netts Mo­tor Group founder Bob Bar­nett, aged 82

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

Robert “Bob” Bar­nett, well-known Dundee busi­ness­man and for­mer chair­man of the lo­cal Cham­ber of Com­merce, has died aged 82.

Mr Bar­nett ran Bar­netts Mo­tor Group with 11 deal­er­ships in the city and was de­scribed as a “Dun­do­nian through and through.”

He was born on Jan­uary 22 1936 and ed­u­cated at Mor­gan Academy be­fore com­plet­ing his na­tional ser­vice in Egypt and Cyprus.

His busi­ness ca­reer started in his fa­ther’s Dundee Ex­press re­movals busi­ness.

A two-week in­duc­tion into the busi­ness in Lon­don mov­ing fur­ni­ture con­vinced him his des­tiny did not lie in that di­rec­tion and he joined the com­pany truck and car busi­ness, Tay­bridge Garage, in Rosean­gle.

With the death of his fa­ther, he took over run­ning the com­pany and steadily ex­panded the busi­ness into what be­came Bar­netts Mo­tor Group with 11 deal­er­ships.

He was said to be an in­no­va­tive leader, vis­it­ing the US on many oc­ca­sions to pick up ideas on how to run a better busi­ness.

He served for pe­ri­ods as chair­man of Dundee Tay­side Cham­ber of Com­merce, pres­i­dent of the Scot­tish Mo­tor Trade As­so­ci­a­tion and was elected a fel­low of the In­sti­tute of the Mo­tor In­dus­try, chair­man of White­hall The­atre Ltd and pres­i­dent of Claver­house Rotary.

He owned a num­ber of yachts in his life­time and was a mem­ber of the Royal Tay Yacht Club.

He com­peted five times in the Royal Ocean Rac­ing Club Fast­net, in­clud­ing the 1979 event in which 15 peo­ple died when a storm swept through the race.

For 10 years, he and fel­low sailor friends spent one month a year sail­ing and ex­plor­ing the Caribbean.

He was a keen golfer and an ac­tive skier and a keen mo­tor­cy­clist.

He had an en­dur­ing fond­ness for Cyprus, and dur­ing his re­tire­ment he lived there for 15 years be­fore ill­ness brought him home three years ago. He died on Mon­day.

A fam­ily man, he was mar­ried to Ali­son for more than 50 years.

They had two chil­dren, Paul and Tracy, and six grand­chil­dren.

Robert ‘Bob’ Bar­nett.

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