Monday, December 15, 2008

Obituary: Tony Pattison

TONY Pattison established DDD (Dismantle and Deal Direct), with his partner Liz, after twelve years in business as the Architectural Salvage Store, a traditional salvage company dealing good quality architectural items salvaged from residential properties in and around London. Tony started the business after making a decision to come out of the construction industry in 1992, where he project-managed refurbishments and restoration projects. His first salvage job was to dismantle a large manor house in Bedfordshire. The contents of this started the business. Everything was catalogued, photographed, measured, packed and housed at the premises in Chorleywood. DDD grew out of the original business and from its new location in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire it was able to hold a larger selection of architectural features. Working alongside a number of NFDC-registered demolition contractors DDD was able to purchase some of the best salvageable items available from domestic houses and commercial buildings for trade customers as well as the general public.

Sadly, Tony died on 11th December 2008 after a brave struggle with cancer. Tony was very popular and highly regarded in the trade. Tony and Liz always offered a cheerful welcome. Tony, like most of us, found the trade sometimes frustrating but he was indomitable in his energy to always find a fresh approach and try a new way through difficulties. Tony and Liz were very much a team united in purpose and always courteous to trade callers. Tony had an ability to search out and find all manner of architectural salvage; he was a great go-between and connector of dealers who he traded between. Dean and the Hertfordshire Lads, Robert Grimmond, Marcus Olliff, Ronnie Wootton, Drummonds and his life long friend Paul Harris together with many others will miss his visits and conversations. Such a brief summary of man seems almost impolite but his memory will be fondly continued by his many friends.

I know that the entire trade extends its condolences to Liz Pattison at this time.

Steve Tomlin
15 December 2008

Liz would like to thank friends for their kind messages and hopes to arrange a memorial get together in the New Year to celebrate Tony's life with friends from the trade. The funeral will be held privately.

1 comment:

  1. I am so sorry to hear at the passing of Tony. He was such a pleasant chap who worked and traded with integrity and care. I bought some beautiful church windows from him, they will be going into my own private chapel in Newtownabbey Northern Ireland which will I hope in some way act as a memorial to his good nature and zeal for preserving many beautiful things in life that without his passion for preservation would now be lost. We kept him in our prayers at Bangor Abbey throughout his illness which I hope was comforting to him. Can I express my deepest sympathy to Liz and assure her of our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Sincerely
    Revd. Adrian McLaughlin


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