Nock Deighton, one of the UK’s oldest estate agencies, has sadly announced the passing of vice chairman, Tom Skelley, aged 37.
Skelley has been described as an inspirational leader with a genuine embodiment of the company’s core values, leaving behind a legacy that profoundly impacted Nock Deighton and all who had the privilege of working with him.
Company chairman, Michael Nettleton, says Skelley was widely admired for his unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership, and adherence to the core values of “integrity, service, loyalty, accountability, and positivity, which are deeply ingrained in the fabric of the company”.
During his tenure as vice chairman, Skelley played a pivotal role in re-shaping Nock Deighton’s culture and strategic direction towards a more modern and dynamic business, according to Nettleton, who adds that his “exemplary leadership”, founded on “his strong principals, moral compass and genuine concern for others, propelled the company to new heights in recent years”, fostering an environment of “unity, respect, and excellence”.
“Tom was not only an esteemed colleague but also a guiding force who personified the values that define Nock Deighton,” said Nettleton. “His unwavering commitment to our core values and his ability to create a nurturing and inclusive environment made him an exceptional leader, and fierce protector of the company that he loved so much. Tom’s impact extended far beyond our professional lives, and his legacy will forever inspire us.”
Nettleton continued: “Nock Deighton remains resolute in preserving and upholding the values Tom held dear. As we grieve the loss of a much loved friend and colleague of over 16 years, we honour his memory by continuing to foster a culture of unity, integrity, and unwavering service to our clients.
“Tom’s passing leaves an indelible void within the Nock Deighton family. We extend our deepest condolences to his beloved wife, Ann, his cherished son, Theo, and his entire family during this profoundly difficult time, supporting them is at the top of our priority list.”
The funeral service of Tom Skelley will take place at the Holy Trinity Church in Much Wenlock at 1pm on Monday 19th June, followed by a private burial attended by close family. Mourners are invited to join friends & family after the service to share their memories of Tom at The Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge, TF8 7DW.
Rather than flowers, donations are invited to the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust in Skelley’s memory. His wife, Ann has asked those who wish to attend “wear something ‘Nock Deighton red’ on the day as this symbol of respect would be so poignant to myself, Tom and our family.”
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