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Sir Bernard Albert Ashley

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Sir Bernard Albert Ashley

  • Birth 11 Aug 1926 London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
  • Death 14 Feb 2009 Wales
  • Burial Carno, Powys, Wales
  • Memorial ID 43511257

Designer. Businessman. Engineer. He was the husband of fashion designer Laura Ashley. The two met in a youth club, dated for several years, then married in 1949. Laura was interested in fashion design, so with the help of Bernard, they set up a smal sewing factory in Wales. Both knew every worker by name and often said they were "family." The business was a success in the U.K. and soon included a line of bedding. Sir Bernard thought the business could do well in the United States, but the clothing did not do well. The bedding remained a stable seller however.
In September 1985 while the two were visiting the home of one of their daughters, Laurea fell down a flight of stairs. Sir Bernard rushed her to the hospital, but despite the doctors best efforts, she died 10 days later.
Sit Bernard did not re-marry, but continued to work within the Laura Ashley Business, including fashion, bedding and country homes that served as resorts. Sir Bernard died peacefully on Feb. 14, 2009.

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Gravesite Details This man was a gient in the UK fashion world.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 43511257
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Bernard Albert Ashley (11 Aug 1926–14 Feb 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43511257, citing Carno Churchyard, Carno, Powys, Wales ; Maintained by Pasadena Girl (contributor 46854751) .