Sutcliffe founder dies from cancer aged 67

John Sutcliffe, who led the consulting engineer headquartered in Liverpool for more than 30 years, has passed away at home in Southport with his family.

The company said in a statement: “It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce that John Sutcliffe has sadly passed away peacefully at home with his family. Our deepest sympathy to all his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time. John will be greatly missed by us all.”

Sutcliffe was an active member of the business community and was chairman of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce from 2011 until he stepped down in December 2016.

His other charitable and non-executive roles included chairman of the 24 7 Theatre Festival, governor of Merchant Taylors School in Crosby, and trustee of Homebaked co-operative bakery and community land trust.

John graduated from Sheffield University in civil and structural engineering in 1970. He established Sutcliffe in 1985 and built it to become the largest independent chartered engineers and chartered surveyors in Liverpool, with additional offices in Manchester, Wrexham and London.

John had been fighting cancer for two years. In October, staff at Sutcliffe completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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Very sad news, he was a gentleman and a really nice person. He will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family.

By Janet Crabtree

Dear Place north west – I think your head line for John’s passing could have been a bit more sensitive? Especially as he sounds such a good man. The verse not how did he die but how did he live springs to mind.

By Lizzy Baggot

Terrible news; a true gent. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

By Paul Cook

A real gentleman – very sad.

By John

Gutted to hear this. He built a great firm and surrounded himself with decent people.
A proper nice guy who will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family and all at Sutcliffe.

By All at K2 Architects

Sad news. As many people can testify John was a gentleman. He was full of enthusiasm and never lost that in his battle. RIP.

By Tom M.

All the best to his family and friends.

By Dr Jay Goose

Very sad to hear this news. I was fortunate to have met and work with John from time to time and he was a really genuine person and easy to get along with. Sincere condolences to his family, close friends and work colleagues.

By Mel Dwyer

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