Well known estate agent dies just weeks after terminal diagnosis – and marriage

EYE is saddened to report the death on June 5th of 57 year old Chris Stops, who ran Heywoods Estate Agents, in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area, for 30 years.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just five weeks before he died, and married Janine, his partner of 32 years, in a special lockdown ceremony during his illness.

Chris’ profile on the company website says:

I acquired Heywoods in 1991, and am proud to have helped it grow in that time, building on the business’s heritage to become the best.

My day-to-day job often involves handling out-of-the ordinary situations, which I relish, as well as guiding my excellent team.

I’m a local lad, and when I’m not at Heywoods, I’m on my farm.

“We have sheep, cattle and pigs, which does mean holidays are a pipe-dream while they’re producing youngsters, so I content myself with Prosecco and a good film.”

A Heywoods spokesman said:

“Chris was a very well-known and well-liked figure in the region’s property industry.

“He was a very astute businessman and had a number of business interests alongside the estate agency which was his life-long passion.

“Under Chris’ tenure, he helped thousands of people to buy and sell their homes in North Staffordshire; and this year marks three decades since he took over Heywoods.”

We offer our condolences to Janine, and Chris’ family, colleagues, and friends.

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  2. Mike Bidwell

    Very sad to read this.  Sincere condolences to his family and colleagues.  RIP Chris.

  3. PeeBee

    Sad news indeed.  Thoughts are with those who knew and loved him.

  4. HProp

    Sad news indeed. Sincerest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. Chris was always a lovely guy to work with.

  5. APE

    Condolences to Chris’ friends, colleagues and loved ones.


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