A FAMILY-run tractor and machinery business is mourning the death of its founder and "passionate" farmer Roy Boreham MBE.

R.C. Boreham, which is based at Woodfield Farm, in Pleshey, announced the death of the 87 year old on its website.

Mr Boreham, who was from Great Dunmow, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 30, with his family, carers and beloved dog at his side.

A tribute on the company's website read: "Sadly Roy’s health had deteriorated over the last few years and his mobility was restricted latterly but his mind remained sharp.

"He enjoyed the regular company of visitors to his home, including his great grandchildren who provided him with much joy.

"Through grit, determination and the help of others, Roy made it out to some events in the local and farming communities in 2018 which he took great pleasure in attending."

In 2014 the farmer was awarded an MBE for services to Young Farmers and three years later his 50 years as part of the Braintree section of the Freemasonry was celebrated.

The tribute continued: "Roy and his late wife Ursula, moved to Woodfield Farm in 1963 and that was the beginning of R.C. Boreham.

"Roy was passionate about his work and was not afraid to take risks.

"His vision for business opportunities in those early days set us up to be the proud third generation, family business we are today.

"Over the years Roy was heavily involved in High Easter Parish Council, Essex and National Young Farmers and the Masonry.

"Roy will be forever remembered by his son and daughter Nigel and Sandra, daughter-in-law Susie, son-in-law Norman, grandchildren Matt, Sarah, Anna and Kate and their partners, along with his great grandchildren Evie, Poppy, Max and Thomas.

"Roy was a great character with a good sense of humour and will be missed by many."