Ray Sawyer has sadly passed away at the age of 84. We said goodbye to him on the 26th April at his funeral at Downs Crematorium.

Ray was an extremely well respected Estate Agent and throughout the 70's and 80's he definitely set the standards with his firm Hayler & Sawyer at their offices in Church Road Hove and St George’s Road Kemp Town.

As anyone who knew him would agree, Ray had manners that were as impeccable as the way he dressed. Known for always having a smile on his face, he was easy going, had a calm temperament and was also well known for his great sense of humour - and arguably the strongest handshake in the business!

Nobody ever had a bad word to say about him.

Graham Newsom, another well-known local estate agent, spoke at his funeral and had some amusing tales of his time working at Hayler & Sawyer. Graham was given his chance in the industry by Ray and told how he enjoyed his time immensely working with and learning from Ray. He also told of the laughs they shared, and Hayler & Sayer certainly sounded like a fantastic environment.

Inspired by Ray's approach Graham went on to have a near 50 year career in estate agency. All these years later he remains grateful for the opportunity and the education he was given.

Many other estate agents both past and present estate were also in attendance to pay their respects. Even some 30 years after Ray's business was sold his name often comes up amongst clients today, which is a wonderful testament to the great work he did back in the day.

Firms such as Hayler & Sawyer were pioneers for a new standard in estate agency in our local area, and as an independent high street agent of today we at Sawyer & Co endeavour to keep improving the customer experience with the type of values and the transparency with which Ray clearly led the way.

His reputation and the way in which he conducted himself in business was exemplary and these high standards are something we constantly strive to emulate by always conducting ourselves in the right way, employing the best people with the right attitudes to reflect our values.

Gone but not forgotten Ray.

Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.