DR Stanley Race CBE, one of Barnsley’s leading post-war industrialists who has died at the age of 96, enjoyed a 50-year association with Redfearn Bros Glass, starting as an office boy at the Harborough Hill plant and then helping to establish the present site at Monk Bretton, where he lived.
His service was broken by six years in the Army when he served with the Royal Engineers, including five years in Egypt. In June 1943, he was mentioned in despatches for “distinguished service”.
Mr Race was made chairman of the company in 1970 when it employed many former miners following pit closures. During his chairmanship, he established the world’s first bottle bank and founded major glass recycling operations, making Barnsley world leader. At the time Redfearns was the top glass manufacturer in Europe and he was given the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technical Science by Sheffield University.
He was made a CBE for services to the glass industry and held major appointments in the glass industry.
Religion formed an important part of his life, starting at Salem Wesleyan Reform Church, Barnsley, where he became involved with the Christian Endeavour movement.
After attending Wombwell Methodist Church he moved to Monk Bretton and started a long association with the Methodist Church in the High Street. With his late wife Rene, he laid a foundation stone for the new church in 1963 and later the foundation stone for the new Sunday school.
He was covenant secretary for 17 years and led the re-furbishment of the church which was completed in 2009. He was a member of the Days Education Foundation, village Sick Poor Fund, president of the Royal British Legion and member of the Fair Share Trust formed in 2004.
Mr Race, the son of a Barnsley clogmaker, became a director and president of Barnsley Building Society and served for 19 years. He was also a Barnsley bench magistrate, being chairman of the advisory committee and later member of the Retired Magistrates’ Association. He was also a member of the Industrial Tribunal for England.
He was a former president of Barnsley Rotary Club, a member of Probus Club and a founder member and president of the Royal Society of St George. He helped to found and was chairman of Barnsley Business Opportunities Workshop. He was also president of Barnsley Chamber of Trade.
A keen sportsman, he played table tennis for Barnsley, was a member of Silkstone Golf Club and followed Barnsley’s football fortunes.
He leaves a daughter Elizabeth, a local preacher and church organist, two grandsons and three great grandchildren.