Announcing the Loss of our Practice Partner, Neil Lancaster
It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the sudden death of Neil Lancaster who has been Partner at Adams Moore for 15 years. Neil, aged 50, had an undiagnosed heart condition and passed away suddenly on Friday, 4 October 2019. He also served as president of Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce from October 2010 to February 2014 – and thereafter remained on the Board – so was a respected figure in the local business community; all the staff at Adams Moore, Neil’s wife Helena and his 19 year old twin sons would like to thank those who have contacted us with their condolences and kind words about Neil.
Neil’s funeral will take place on Monday 4 November at 12 midday at the Sacred Heart Church in Tamworth (B77 2EA), and his family have expressed that any clients and members of the community who knew Neil are very welcome to attend.
Born and raised in Sutton Coldfield, Neil left school and went straight to work in an accountancy firm rather than take the further education route. Not long after he and Helena married, over 20 years ago, he started his own firm – Lancaster & Co. – in Tamworth and he has worked in the town ever since. It was in 2004 when he joined Adams Moore as a third Partner in the practice.
Helena and Neil’s twin sons, Kieron and Nathan, were born in 2000, and Neil became the embodiment of the doting father. Neil was very proud of his boys and was known as a family man, who put them above all else. Work was Neil’s second love, followed closely by Aston Villa, and his true honesty and integrity enabled clients to have complete trust in his advice.
It is testament to his organisational skills and thoughtful efficiency, that even after such a sad and sudden loss, Adams Moore can continue with business as usual. Martin Crook, the remaining Partner at the firm, said: “Neil’s passing came as a shock to us all, and the last three weeks have been extremely difficult. However, the good wishes and stories we have heard from clients and the local business community have been a comfort to staff and Neil’s family, and we thank everyone for them. We hope to see as many people as possible at his funeral next week.
“Neil was a highly respected a trusted accountant who took his work very seriously. He was at his best figuring out problems. He has given the business an extremely strong foundation, and his focus on doing the best job possible has meant the firm has been able to continue with business as usual. He will be sadly missed and will be impossible to replace.”
Neil continued to serve on the Lichfield and Tamworth Chamber of Commerce board after he was succeeded as president by James Blackman; Mr Blackman said: “His death has come as a huge shock. He was dedicated Chamber member and will be sorely missed. He always credited the Chamber with being important in his own business success and that of Adams Moore. It was his mild-mannered presence which impressed everyone and he played an important role when Lichfield and the other South Staffordshire Chambers merged with Greater Birmingham.”
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, added: “Neil was a truly dedicated businessman and Chamber member. He was typical of the busy business people who dedicate so much of their time to working with the Chamber for the greater good. He embraced the new opportunities which membership of the wider group brought while at the same time maintaining a local presence through networking and business support.”