John Farrow BSc (Hons) MRICS -1956 to 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of John Farrow, Managing Partner of Playle & Partners LLP, who sadly passed away following a stroke on 22 April 2020 aged 63 years old.

John originally joined the Practice in 1977 as a young year out student, re-joining us after finishing his degree in Liverpool as a full time Trainee Quantity Surveyor. Over the years, he became a valuable member of the team and was firstly promoted to Associate and then to Partner.

A little known fact about John was his cheeky humour. He was a prankster in his early years, playing tricks on colleagues and on more than one occasion finding a Partner walking into a carefully laid trap for someone else.

An avid Liverpool and Gillingham fan, John in his early years also played for the Playle football, cricket and squash teams. His passion for sport continued in the office and he took great pleasure surprising members of staff with random football trivia questions. In recent years John had taken up cycling (and rode 2 or 3 times a week). John was also an avid stamp collector and is known amongst his colleagues for his famous signatures on first day covers.

John exemplified the core values of professionalism and leadership. As Partner, John’s commitment and dedication to driving high levels of competence, expertise and client care epitomised his approach to the ‘Partner Led, Client Committed’ values of our company.

John was involved in the RICS junior branch and served for many years on the Kent Branch Committee. Most recently, John was appointed to the Expert Witness Institute.

He always instilled into our Clients great confidence in our services, many Clients, fellow consultants and those within the Playle family greatly benefited from his mentoring, wisdom and knowledge.

John was an ambassador to the industry and was highly respected by colleagues and Clients. His absence will leave a considerable void as we continue without him.

John always spoke enthusiastically about his family and of the immense pride he had in his daughters’ achievements, often joking he was the least qualified member of his household.

John will be greatly missed and is a great loss to the Company, Clients and Colleagues alike.

Our thoughts are with his wife Janet and his two daughters Emily and Sophie at this sad time.

Book of Condolence

We understand that John’s passing has touched many. A huge number of his friends and colleagues have already sent us heart-felt wishes. Should you wish to express your condolences, please add your thoughts below.


  1. John Ruler, Cognita

    It was truly a pleasure to have known John and I will miss him, particularly our conversation about football.

  2. Yazdi Shroff, Willmott Dixon

    He really was such a lovely man. I had a huge respect for him as both a friend and professional. I know how dedicated he was to his work, but it seems so unfair that he will not go on to enjoy retirement with his family. I really do feel that we have lost one of the best and I have lost a friend.

  3. Sam Alderson, Willmott Dixon

    I am shocked and saddened by the tragic news that John has passed away. Over the years I built a strong working relationship with John, and respected John in his role, but also as a man. John was one of life’s gentlemen! John always asked after my family and was a person I enjoyed talking too and doing business with.

  4. Wendy Mason, Rivington Street Studio

    So sorry for you all – I met John only briefly but David knew him well and really enjoyed working with him. Such sad news in already challenging times.

  5. Steve Bell

    I’ve known John for over 20 years from when he used to undertake consultancy work at KCC. We continued to work together over the years and keep in touch on a personal level where we had many coffees and curries. I will always remember the lighthearted football banter we had as we supported opposing teams.
    This truly is a very sad day. He will be deeply and sorely missed. He was a true gentleman, family man and highly regarded professional.

  6. Rodney Kilbee

    Having done quite a lot of QS work for P&P over the last ten years or so, all through my contact with John and having got to know Ian well during that time – I was so shocked to hear about John – as I feel sure you all were.

  7. John Playle

    I was extremely sorry to learn that John had passed away and would like to give my commiserations to your partnership in the loss of your Managing Partner who had led your firm so ably the last few years.
    I renewed my long ago friendship with John when he joined our team of RICS Judges this year and we inspected several projects together. His expertise in many fields was very evident and we were all looking forward to working with him for many years. He enjoyed talking with me about his friendship with my cousin Ray and the many ways our paths had crossed over the years and we both looked forward to future meetings.

  8. Dan Margetson, Pinnacle ESP

    On behalf of myself and all at PinnacleESP, we are very sorry to learn about the loss of John Farrow. We enjoyed working with john over the years and we send our deepest condolences at this very sad time.

  9. Peter Smith, Raymond Smith Partnership

    We are all completely shocked and saddened and would just like to pass on all our condolences to you and everyone at Playle & Partners during this difficult time.
    Although over the 25 years we have worked together our involvement was primarily with Paul, John was always happy to give up time to chat and I have many fond memories of being in your office after most others had left just chatting with Paul and John.
    Our involvement in the 3 Peaks Challenge also showed us another side to John both in terms of his determination and inner strength but also his compassion and concern for everyone involved.
    He will be greatly missed and please pass on all our sympathies to his wife and family.

  10. Lucy Heathfield, Ash Contracting Ltd

    I am totally shocked, John was such a lovely guy.
    I send my regards to all of Johns family, he use to tell me so much about his girls.

  11. Steve Smithson, BeFirst

    I was shocked and extremely saddened to hear of John’s tragic passing.

    I worked with John on numerous projects over the years and apart from his utter professionalism, honesty and integrity in business, John was a lovely man who always spoke of his pride in his family, his love of Football and it was always a pleasure to sit and chat over a coffee after meetings about life outside work.

    I am honoured to have known him and I will miss him deeply.

  12. Roger Morris, Playle & Partners LLP

    I was extremely shocked and saddened to the news about John Farrow. John was a colleague and friend, a true professional, who will be sorely missed by the wider world than just those at Playle & Partners.

  13. Brian Gue

    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of John’s passing. I still think of him as young John despite the fact that he was no doubt close to retirement. It is so sad that he has been taken before his time. I have always had immense respect for John. Most certainly there are not many work colleagues that I have known and kept contact with for 45 years. I last saw him back in the summer when I introduced him to Roger Zog’s development company. I remember telling him how impressed I was with his handling of the interview. He was a consummate professional and I know that he will be sorely missed at Playle and Partners.

  14. Deanne Jupp, Savills

    I worked with John back in Barking and Dagenham many years ago and was shocked at the very sad news. John was a pleasure to work with, he brought so much practical experience and knowledge in a very calm manner.

  15. Mark O'Neill, Edge

    I had a long and enjoyable working relationship with John for over twenty years and his loss will be felt deeply. In fact his skill and knowledge was why I was contacting the office, and I feel sure that John’s legacy is the consistency and expertise of support and advice he always gave to me and my clients on project, and which I’m sure Playle and partners will Continue to deliver.

  16. David Tucker, Rivington Street Studio

    I’m desperately sorry to hear of John’s passing. I always enjoyed my time with him.
    John was incredibly engaging, warm with a great sense of humour and occasion. I remember him bringing his own cream birthday cake to a client engagement meeting at Barking Abbey School a couple of years ago. We all helped him eat it despite the mess it made on my material samples and drawings! He was always generous with his time and gave me great tips for upcoming work and new clients.
    Please pass on my deepest condolences to his family and I do hope that things are not too turbulent at P&P as a result.


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