10 September 1944 to 3 January 2022
With deep sadness, we wish to inform clients, and all our contacts and friends in the property business, that Chris Nettleship, co-founder of Nettleship Sawyer, passed away on 3 January. Chris retired twelve years ago, but we know that he has been very fondly remembered by many in the business community all the while since.
Chris leaves behind his wonderful wife, two sons, two daughters, grandchildren, cousins and many long term, firm friends across the globe. He will be sorely missed.
Chris was a fine man with an incredible intellect and immense energy. He had an interesting life story before Nettleship Sawyer, including working in the mining industry in Canada in his youth, after leaving his hometown of Halifax. During his property career he moved all over the UK with his young family before settling in Corfe Mullen, following a promotion to Corporate Property Manager at Abbey Life’s HQ in Bournemouth. A few years later circumstances led to him joining Alder King, where Agnes Sawyer worked. They found that they were a good team and when the time was right, set up Nettleship Sawyer.
Both Agnes and Chris were delighted when Steve Chiari & Steve Tomkins agreed to join the company a few years later, and the rest is history as they say.
Chris was extremely driven in his career and for him, creation of the Nettleship Sawyer business was the pinnacle. Several other loyal members of the team remain with us from those earlier days, when we were all striving to build the company as a force in the local area, with Chris’s warmth, strong capabilities and boundless enthusiasm spurring us on.
But for Chris it certainly wasn’t all about work - he loved playing squash, golf, live music, fast cars, good red wines, travel and socialising. After retiring from the business, rather than slowing the pace as most would, Chris and his wife showed courage and ambition in starting a new phase of life in New Zealand, where their youngest daughter had settled several years earlier. The couple enjoyed some fantastic adventures over there before deciding to return to the UK two years ago, settling in Buckinghamshire.
Many of our clients and contacts have been with us since the very early days and knew Chris well. On Chris’s move to semi-retirement in 2009, he received very many grateful thanks and warm wishes. One person, who remains a client of Nettleship Sawyer to this day, said at the time:
“Chris - it’s been a great pleasure doing business with you over the years and I shall miss you. In fact it’s true to say you have put me on the map”, which we feel says it all.
Chris had the utmost appreciation for all our clients, and also strongly respected our business partners and competitors. As several people have remarked already, the feeling was mutual.
Most importantly, Chris was immensely proud of his children, all of whom share his zest for life. Our thoughts are with them, and even more so, with his wife of many years.