Barry Copeland Obituary, Death – With heavy hearts and profound sadness, we share the news of the passing of our beloved founder, Barry Copeland, who departed this world on Sunday, September 17th, after a valiant battle with illness. Barry was more than just a founder; he was a cherished son, a loving father to three remarkable sons, a doting grandfather to two infectious grandchildren, and a dear friend to many. His loss is deeply felt by all whose lives he touched.
Professionally, Barry was an innovator of the highest order. His journey began in the world of Car Audio AV, where he was part of a pioneering team that set new standards, pushing the boundaries of what was possible. His passion for creating true Hi-Fi experiences in cars eventually led him to Residential Smart Homes and Cinemas. At a time when smart home technology was in its infancy, Barry fearlessly ventured into uncharted territory, developing Prestige Audio’s early smart home systems using relays. He became one of the first UK Smart Home specialists, earning accolades and awards for his groundbreaking work.
But Barry was not only a professional trailblazer; he was a warm and genuine soul who could light up a room with his infectious banter and ceaseless humor. His loyalty, his zest for life, and his role as a role model for his family, industry peers, and the entire Prestige family are eternally cherished.
The void left by Barry’s passing is immeasurable, and our hearts ache at the thought of his absence. We mourn the loss of a visionary, a mentor, and, most importantly, a dear friend. Rest in peace, Barry. Your legacy will live on in our hearts and in the industry you helped shape.