Tributes are being paid to the Paignton man, who went on to run Selfridges, who's died three weeks after contracting coronavirus.
Roy Northway Stephens passed away aged 85 in the US, where he has lived for the past 30 years.
He was born in Paignton in 1934 and his father was of the founders of the United Nations.
He returned to the UK after attending University in New York, and launched his retail career where he became a giant in UK retail - capping his career as Managing Director and CEO of Selfridges.
In his leadership role he undertook civic activities and met regularly with governmental leaders and members of the Royal Family.
Roy was a fun loving; gregarious; extrovert; who loved cruising; disco dancing, and had a passion and love for animals..
He was a devoted husband and father; and was adored by his grandchildren.
In addition to his loving wife Marjorie; he is survived by his daughter, Cathy Kangas, and his son Robert, and their spouses Ed and Julie; and by 3 grandchildren, Tyler, Nicole and Samantha.
After a private service it is hoped that later this Summer there will be a memorial and celebration of his life.