Colleagues mourn death of outstanding estate agent at 48

The much-loved director of an estate agency has died of cancer at the age of 48.

John ‘Shelly’ Shellcross, of regional independent chain Farrell Heyworth, died on Monday.

He had been diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia three years ago, and leaves a wife, Angela, a young daughter Imogen, and father Alan.

Jeremy Collins, Farrell Heyworth director, said: “John loved and was proud to work in the property sector and was a massive part of creating Farrell Heyworth, having started as a branch manager in December 1995 and becoming a director in 2002.

“John was known throughout the industry as a hardworking, honest and kind leader and friend.

“In John’s words we will ‘crack on’ as he would have wanted.

“John will be sorely missed by everyone.”

Staff at the firm thought so highly of him that at a raffle at their 2017 Christmas party they raised over £5,000 in his honour, for the charity Bloodwise – easily exceeding their goal of £750.

Details of the funeral are yet to be arranged.

Anyone wishing to pass on their condolences, cards, etc, to John’s family may contact them via Farrell Heyworth Head Office, The Pavilion, Covell Cross, Lancaster, LA1 1EX or email to

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  1. smile please

    Sad news. Thoughts are with his family.

  2. Bob Scarff

    In an industry where too many people seem to think that success has to go hand in hand with a big ego, Shelly was a magnificent exception.

    A great agent and a genuinely top bloke.

    He will indeed be sorely missed by all who knew him.

    1. PeeBee

      No better epitaph.

  3. Kevin Ellis

    Incredibly sad news and thoughts to all his family, friends and colleagues at Farrell Heyworth.

  4. mmmm

    Condolences to John’s family and friends.

  5. LordElpus56

    Met him on a few occasions. Lovely bloke with no edge to him. Sad news indeed.

  6. PeeBee

    Sincere condolences to the gent’s family and friends.

    A sad loss to them and to our industry.

  7. The Ranger

    So sad, may you rest in eternal peace. Condolances to your family, friends and co workers!

  8. Vanessa Warwick

    Sending compassionate thoughts to John’s family, friends, and colleagues at this sad time.  When there are no words, there is only love.


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