Chamber president Steve Scarre said: “It was always a pleasure and a privilege to see Barry and to be given his time and his advice so freely.
“As a business community, we were very fortunate to have his support and expertise. We will truly miss his input in so many ways, as will all of the many organisations and causes with which he was involved.”
Barry Dodd CBE was invited to officially open Yorkshire Business Market (YBM) in Harrogate in 2015 and took a great deal of time to meet all the exhibitors and find out more about their businesses. His interest in and support for their work was greatly appreciated by everyone involved.
Earlier this year, members of the Chamber were delighted to see Barry given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harrogate Advertiser Business Awards. His acceptance speech was inspirational, encouraging all business people to spare time to give back to their community and imagining the difference it could make to us all.
Chief executive Sandra Doherty added: “Barry was a willing supporter of Harrogate Chamber for many years, speaking at our events and always giving advice when asked.
“Despite his position and his incredible experience, he was a thoroughly nice man and very easy to talk to. He always took an interest in what the Chamber was doing with local businesses.
“He will be very much missed by us all, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”
Past President Mike Procter, who met Mr Dodd on several occasions during his tenure and as a local business owner, said:
“It is very sad news. Barry Dodd was a great man with a big heart for public service.
“I met him on several occasions, including once sharing a lovely conversation with him over dinner at the Harrogate Business Awards, when he told us a little about his business journey and passion for flying. He took a real interest in the business community in our area and was always ready to offer advice and support to business owners, with the benefit of his own experience.
“He enriched the lives of many, and many will be the poorer for his passing.”