Alan Cure, the Birmingham industrialist, and former master of the Worcestershire Hunt has died aged 82.
For about 30 years he ran the Weather Oak Press in the city, which produced specialist book runs.
A lifelong fan of horses, he was one of the key movers in the campaign to keep the Grand National at Aintree in the 1970s. A plaque with his name on is mounted in the Weighing Room at the famous course.
He also used the press to produce a special edition of the Benson and Hedges racing colours book one year, numbered copies of which were presented to the Queen and the Queen Mother at Cheltenham personally by Mr Cure.
He moved into printing in the late 1940s after serving in the Royal Navy in the far east for several years.
He moved up the ranks quickly and soon bought the ailing Weather Oak company, which he turned into an international success employing more than 100 people.
His widow Pat, who had been married to him for 53 years when Mr Cure died this June, said: “It’s left a big hole in our lives.
“He was always a very active man. Even after he had to stop riding, he was still interested. He had seven grandchildren, and they were all interested in riding.”
At one point he owned two horses, one of which – Bright Willow – competed in the Grand National in the early 1970s.
His long involvement in the Worcestershire hunt came to national prominence in 1997 during the parliamentary debate over fox hunting.
Labour MP Mike Foster claimed Mr Cure had said fox hunts often lasted for hours, and the animals could be chased for up to 90 miles. It later emerged the quotes had been taken from a newspaper in the 18th century.
Audrey Steel, a co-ordinator at the Hunt, said: “He was a gentleman, what more can you say? Even if he couldn’t do someone a good turn he would never do them a bad one.”
She added he had always worked very hard with the Hunt’s fundraising activities.
Mr Cure died on June 13 after a long illness. He leaves his wife Pat, three sons and a daughter.