Tributes to a proper gentleman

Nick Stawart.
Nick Stawart.

TRIBUTE has been paid to a “proper gentleman” and an esteemed auctioneer.

Well-known auctioneer Nick Stawart, who was a former Co-owner of Newcastle-based auction house Anderson and Garland, has died at the age of 67 after a short illness.

Mr Stawart was a true born and bred Morpethian, living in the town his whole life.

He always enjoyed the great outdoors, but it was his love of ceramics and antiques that forged his career and he joined Anderson and Garland straight from school as an Auctioneer’s Clerk.

He quickly settled into the business, specialising in ceramics and glass, with a particular love of North East pottery, but he was also able to turn his hand to all manner of items.

During his 47-year career he oversaw many of the firm’s most important sales and valuations and rose through the ranks to become Partner and Co-owner.

He hosted numerous antiques roadshows and valuation events throughout the North East, and in Morpeth in particular, to raise money for charities and good causes, including Morpeth Lions Club.

Outside of work, Mr Stawart enjoyed bird watching, walking, fishing and gardening, and through his son’s interest in rugby he helped out with coaching for junior members.

His friend and former colleague Andrew McCoull, who is Senior Partner at Anderson and Garland, said: “Nick was a very warm and friendly man. He would never say no to doing anything for charity and he would go a long way beyond the call of duty.

“Since he died a lot of people have written to his widow and people have commented to me that he was a proper gentleman. He was kind and considerate and had a great sense of humour.

“Work-wise he was a consummate professional. Everything had to be done carefully and he was a great auctioneer and valuer.

“He was a great colleague for me to have. I worked with Nick for 30-odd years and never had a falling out or a cross word. Life was just a ball in a way. Even when times weren’t so good we would always see the funny side and would have a laugh.

“Nick will be greatly missed by his colleagues and many friends.”

Mr Stawart died on October 2. A memorial service was held at St James’s Church in Morpeth on Tuesday, October 11, which was filled to capacity.

Mr Stawart leaves his wife Marilyn, son Jonathan, daughter Gillian and grandson Harrison.