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Leading property man dies at 64.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

Tributes poured in from the business community last night after the death of one of the North's best known property figures.

Richard Adamson, former managing director of Leech Homes and founding chairman of Newcastle-based Adamson Developments, will be buried today. (wed)The 64-year-old, from Old Mousen, near Belford, Northumberland, died suddenly of a stroke on November 6.(nov 6)

Last night colleagues and family paid tribute to a "larger than life" man who had spent most of his working life in the residential property business. Adamson Developments' managing director Jonathan Prime said: "He was a great man to work alongside and we have been inundated with phone calls. I personally will miss him very much."

Consultant and former senior partner of Dickinson Dees law firm Graham Wright said: "Richard was larger than life, he was tremendous fun but he was also a shrewd operator and nobody's fool.

"He was a great negotiator, extremely able but he also had a lot of charm, which meant he was great at getting his own way."

Kay Middleton, who was Mr Adamson's PA and company secretary for 20 years, said: "I remember his first development after he left Leech overlooking the cricket ground at Osborne Avenue in Jesmond. For the topping out ceremony, he got a Christmas tree and he pulled it up on to the roof himself ( he was so happy and proud that day. He had a house demolished for that development and everyone said it couldn't work but he proved everyone wrong, he was good at that."

Mr Adamson, a qualified chartered accountant, keen shooter and rugby fan, was best known for his time as managing director of William Leech, then Leech Homes, now Persimmon Homes. Leech was set-up by millionaire philanthropist Sir William Leech in 1932, selling houses built on Tyneside for pounds 250 each.

His sister, Margaret Sharp, of Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "He was a very special man, a very special father and a happy, lively man."

Mr Adamson leaves behind wife Marilyn, five daughters, two step children, eight grandsons and a step granddaughter.

* A thanksgiving service will be held at 2pm today at Hexham Abbey. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to British Heart Foundation.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Nov 16, 2005
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