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Barry with business partner Sue Haine

Haine and Smith co-founder dies after short illness

An optician whose business, Haine and Smith, expanded to 20 practices in Wiltshire and beyond has died after a short illness, aged 82.

Barry Smith founded Haine and Smith Opticians with Sue Haine in 1975.

Starting with practices in Westbury and Marlborough, the brand expanded to 20 towns across Wiltshire and into Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Barry was a director of the Federation Of Dispensing Opticians from 1991 to 2011.

Besides being a longstanding member of Marlborough & District Rotary Club, Barry was also a worshipper at All Saints’ Church in Burbage, near Marlborough, and a chairman of the parochial church council for many years.

He was also a Trustee of the Harnhill Centre of Christian Healing and other Christian charities.

Barry and Liz moved from Wiltshire to Aberfeldy in Scotland when he retired in August 2019. His eldest son, Giles, and family also relocated to Aberfeldy at the same time; a place at which they had spent many happy holidays over the years. Barry and Liz’s youngest son, Felix, is a priest in Sussex.

Barry was a keen sportsman in his day, playing football and table tennis, and latterly tennis and badminton. A keen supporter of Swindon Town, Southampton, and St Johnston football Clubs, he loved to watch matches at the home grounds.

Barry died in hospital on October 13.