Co-founder Mr Roy Nicholls passes away.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roy Nicholls, one of the original founders of Nicholls Colton Group.


Roy, together with John Colton, created the business in 1965, operating out of small premises around the corner from our Harding Street office. John was always considered ‘the businessman’ and Roy was ‘the brains’. The business expanded rapidly under their stewardship, and of course went on to become very successful.


During our 50th Anniversary Celebrations a few years ago, we were delighted to receive a handwritten letter from Roy, congratulating us and remarking upon how amazed he was that the business not only still existed (!) but was also clearly thriving. His sense of humour and fun shone through in the letter – when expressing regret that he was now too old and infirm to come and visit us, he compared himself to John Colton thus:


I fear that my long distance travelling days are past. John is reasonably active – but he has two sticks, and I have only one.


As you may recall, John Colton passed away almost exactly a year ago – 4th October 2017. The loss of both of our founders, so close together, is therefore all the more saddening.


Roy is to be cremated and his ashes interred in a woodland burial ground chosen by himself. It will be a private ceremony.