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‘Brilliant’ estate agency boss and TV pundit losses battle against cancer

Chris Stops had run his well-known agency in Newcastle-under-Lyme for 30 years when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer after falling ill at the beginning of lockdown.

Nigel Lewis

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Tributes have been pouring in for Chris Stops, the managing director of a leading regional estate agency, after it was announced that he had died following a short battle with cancer.

The 57-year-old had run Heywoods Estate Agency in Newcastle-under-Lyme for 30 years and has been described as a ‘brilliant businessman’ by his partner Janine, whom he married just three week before he died on June 5th. She is also a director of the company.

Stops acquired Heywoods in 1991 from his father and on the company’s website described himself as a ‘local lad’ who when not working at the agency helped run the family’s livestock farm.

He was also a local celebrity and was often heard and seen commentating on the housing market on local BBC radio and TV stations.

Heywoods is well-known brand in the region and its patch includes Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and the Shropshire borders and has over a dozen staff.


Stops began feeling unwell as the beginning of lockdown and, after visiting his doctor, a scan revealed pancreatic cancer which had spread to his liver and which was inoperable and incurable.

“Chris was a very well-known and well-liked figure in the region’s property industry,” a Heywoods company spokesperson told local media.

“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. Plans were underway for a celebration to mark the occasion.”

June 19, 2020

One comment

  1. RIP Chris. Although I didn’t know you personally, your reputation proceeded you. This is a lovely tribute. My condolences to your family.

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