Jim Manning, the founder of car body repair shop Tressler Coachwork, in Uckfield, has died at the aged of 83.
A company spokesperson said it was with great sadness that they announced Jim’s death.
They said: “Jim originally qualified as a civil engineer, however his passion was cars and so he started repairing car bodywork in his father’s garage in Henfield at the age of 27.
“As demand grew, Jim took on premises in Balcombe, then in 1975, as it grew further, he moved the business to Uckfield where Tressler Coachworks became one of the first businesses on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate.
Jim leaves his wife Anne, three daughters and grandchildren. He was known for his hardworking, friendly, and innovative character combined with a great sense of humour. He enjoyed nothing more than a challenge.
Jim and Anne recently moved to Exeter but he lost his seven year battle with Leukaemia on October 15, 2020.
• Contact details for Tressler Coachwork can be found 24/7 in the Uckfield Directory, part of the Uckfield News Network. Look for the name or search in categories for Bodywork Repairs, Car Repairs, or Vehicle Valeting.