A tribute to Stuart Elder
Since Stuart’s sudden and unexpected passing on 28 January, the Financial Planning team and our clients have been struggling to come to terms with his tragic loss. To many of us Stuart was a friend as much as he was a colleague and his sudden death has come as a huge shock to us all.
Having to make an announcement to the team was the hardest moment of my career, as we have a close working business unit in which Stuart played such an integral role. He is one of those individuals who is simply irreplaceable, not only in terms of his technical knowledge and experience but also his sense of comradery which made him both approachable and instantly likeable.
Stuart had joined the firm towards the end of 2007 and was well known and respected both within Crowe and also in the wider professionals circuit, especially within the Thames Valley business community.Stuart was a Chartered Financial Plannerand also the firm’sPension Transfer Specialist,a unique andhighlyrespected role where hisknowledgeand expertise were un-paralleled.
The team have taken comfort from the steady stream of condolences and tributes offered by current colleagues, former employees, business connections and clients who have paid glowing tributes to Stuart’s personal and professional attributes. Stuart leaves an amazing legacy to the firm in terms of the client book he has built in his 13 years with Crowe and it is incumbent on us all to pick up where he left off and to service those clients to the highest standards, as he would have done.
On behalf of the financial planning team I would like to thank our colleagues throughout Crowe who have rallied round with messages of support and sympathy at this most challenging of times. This goes to highlight the great sense of togetherness we have at Crowe and just how highly Stuart was thought of.